RAMALLAH, West Bank –on Thursday predicted that a Mideast peace treaty would be completed by the time he leaves office, but undercut that optimism with harsh criticism of militants who control part of the land that would form an eventual independent Palestine.
Bush said he’s convinced that both Israeli and Palestinian leaders understand “the importance of democratic states living side by side” in peace, and noted that he has a one-year deadline for progress on his watch.
“I’m on a timetable,” he told reporters. “I’ve got 12 months.”
He said he is not sure that the problem of Hamas, a militant Islamic group that took over thein June, can be solved….