Bush and Olmert reaffirm two theses: All options are on the table for dealing with nuclear Iran and their joint commitment to Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution
At their joint news conference in the White House Tuesday, June 19, the US president George W. Bush welcomed the chance to work with Israel on a common strategy to fight off and defeat extremists. He said: We recognize Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president who must be strengthened to lead his people in a different direction from the extremists.
PM Olmert promised to work rapidly on the groundwork for creating a Palestinian state. “That is our ultimate goal,” he said. He again proposed bi-weekly meetings with Abbas to discuss upgrading the quality of life and security on the West Bank as well as the common fight on terror which the Palestinians have neglected until now.