Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bush in Israel Amid Tight Security

CNN is Reporting:

Calling it a "historic moment, historic opportunity," Bush met with Olmert hours after arriving in Israel on the first leg of a six-nation Mideast tour aimed at jump-starting the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The same day that Israel reported short-range Qassam rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israel, Olmert said Palestinian leaders "understand that Gaza must be a part of the package. "And as long as there is terror from Gaza, it will be very very hard to reach any peaceful understanding between us and the Palestinians," said the Israeli prime minister. National security adviser Stephen Hadley expressed concern to reporters aboard Air Force One about "distractions" to the peace process. "The Palestinians are very concerned, obviously, about settlements; the Israelis are very concerned, obviously, about the rocket attacks coming out of Gaza. These issues need to be addressed," said Hadley...

Security was tight for Bush's visit to the region. Large parts of Jerusalem as well as much of the West Bank, including Ramallah, will be, in effect, shut down. Over the weekend, American al Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn released a videotape calling on the militant group's followers to "receive [Bush] not with flowers or clapping but with bombs and booby-trapped vehicles." ...
The efforts to restart serious peace talks have also been overshadowed by ongoing rocket assaults from Hamas-controlled Gaza that have prompted a heavy Israeli military response. On Wednesday, Palestinian militants fired three Qassam rockets into the Israeli city of Sderot, damaging a house. After an earlier mortar attack, Israel launched an air strike on a rocket-launching cell, killing one militant and wounding six others.
SCROLL ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF FOXNEWS.COM -- Iran ‘attack’ on three US warships released by Pentagon
From Reuters: JERUSALEM, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush warned Iran on Wednesday of "serious consequences" if it attacked U.S. ships in the Gulf, adding that all options were on the table.
NOTE: I just had a horrible thought. With all the danger the Prez is facing on his trip, if anything happens to him, not only will we be forced to retaliate as in WW3, and who will be leading the charge? None other than Cheney! He can then run for 2 more terms! What a horrible thought!

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