Bush: Hizballah, Hamas and al Qaeda are identical terror organizations

On his arrival with the first lady to join Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the US president George W. Bush challenged Syria’s Assad with doubts that he would abandon his pact with Iran. He said he feels obliged to leave the world a safer place when he leaves the White House.
The festive nature of the visit was marred by the broad police investigation in which Ehud Olmert is embroiled over past suspect payments by American donors. As the probe widens, serious doubts hang over his political future. When Bush landed, the prime minister confided to US national security adviser Stephen Hadley: “Holding on, holding on, don’t worry.” This was picked up by correspondents’ mikes.
Tuesday, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it is futile to hold a 60th birthday ceremony for a regime that will soon be swept away by the Palestinians, for “something that is already dead.”
Between conversations with Israeli leaders on the lack of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians and regional issues, Bush addresses the international conference hosted by president Shimon Peres Wednesday night, May 14. Thursday, he makes a trip to national shrine at Massada, before delivering a speech to the Israeli Knesset. In the evening, he is to view the Isaiah Scroll, the most complete and best-preserved of the Dead Sea Scrolls dating from 120 BCE.
Friday, the US president ends his mainly ceremonial trip to Israel and flies to the Sinai resort of Sharm el Sheikh as guest of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to hold substantive talks with a group of Arab rulers as well as leaders from Iraq and Afghanistan.
A section of downtown Jerusalem covering a wide radius around the King David Hotel which accommodates Bush and his 100-strong party was closed to traffic. More than 14,000 Israeli police were mobilized to secure the guests.

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