Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Updates


May 26, 2005 - Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, U.S Press Secretary (

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
White House Thu, 26 May 2005 1:20 PM PDT
Topic: President Welcomes Palestinian President Abbas to the White House [press release]

excerpts/key questions:
Q: In the President's conversations with President Abbas, what did he say to him about the need or what he needs to do to dismantle terror groups?
Q: Would the President like to see Abbas take on Hamas directly and shut it down? Or does he understand the political sensitivities that Abbas faces in doing that?
Q: [Regarding] the security fence, does the President believe that it's being used for security reasons or for political reasons?

Q: You said there's a long history, but there has been a history here of Sharon defying President Bush by expanding these settlements. Is the President frustrated that he continues to build these settlements, despite the U.S.' clearly stating policy on that?
MR. McCLELLAN: I appreciate you all trying to continue to engage us in this, but the President's views could not be clearer, and those are views he expressed both publicly and privately, and those are views we continue to make known to the parties. All parties have obligations, and we expect them to meet their obligations. There are obligations that the Palestinians need to meet; there are obligations that the Israelis need to meet. And both parties need to do more to meet those obligations.



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