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Bush predicts completion of Mideast treaty

January 10, 2008
By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer

RAMALLAH, West Bank – President Bush 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 Hamas 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 the Gaza Strip in June, can be solved….

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Bush meets with Israeli, Palestinian

November 27, 2007

By Jon Ward and David R. Sands
The Washington Times
November 27, 2007

President Bush met separately yesterday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in preparation for direct talks between the two leaders today in Annapolis and said that a deal would require “difficult compromises.”

The peace summit, named the Annapolis Conference, is being billed as a starting point for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, with the goal being a permanent Palestinian state.

Mr. Bush told Mr. Olmert that he was “optimistic” about the conference, but took no questions before either Oval Office meeting early yesterday and offered no details about his conversations with either Mr. Olmert or Mr. Abbas.

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