Bush sees Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in 2008
US President George W. Bush believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace
deal will be reached this year, according to excerpts of an interview
published on Thursday ahead of his visit to the region.
Bush said the two sides must clinch a deal in 2008 in order to see
the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel's top-selling Yediot
Aharonot newspaper quoted him as saying in the interview which will be
published in full on Friday.
The US president is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories
next week in a bid to give a push to Middle East peace talks which were
relaunched at an international conference in Annapolis in November.
In the interview, Bush sought to ease Israeli fears that any future
Palestinian state could threaten its security.
"I will not allow the creation of a terrorist state on Israel's
border," he said in a quote translated into Hebrew.