Bush's promises get mixed reactions

Jan. 11, 2008 at 11:59 AM
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GAZA, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush's promises during his visit to Israel and the West Bank pleased Israeli officials but left some Palestinians unsatisfied.

Bush reportedly proposed an outline for the resolution of Israeli and Palestinian central issues, which included a reparation method for refugees of Palestine and secure Israeli borders, Haaretz reported Friday.

"We see the Bush remarks as the basis of moving forward. We accept them," one official told the newspaper.

Although Israeli officials saw Bush's statements in a positive light, they reportedly have serious doubts about whether he will be able to do it before the end of his presidency.

Palestinian officials reportedly said that Bush's visit confirmed his partiality toward Israel and that he didn't have their wishes in the forefront.

"Bush gave Israel all the required pledges to solidify its occupation and to wipe out basic Palestinian rights and sacred issues, while he gave the Palestinians more illusions and slogans and loose words that only express the deception that has characterized this visit," Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said.

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