President Bush spoke to the Israel Knesset of his desire to crush al-Qaida, Hamas, and Hizbullah and emphasized the American people stood by their Israel ally in the fight for peace and ending terrorism. He mocked those who say America would benefit by cutting ties with Israel. “This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of our enemies, and America rejects it utterly. Israel’s population may be just over 7 milliion. But, when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong.” In his speech, the American president made clear “the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
During the past few years, Bush had promised prior to departing the presidency to have in place a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Even as he spoke before the Knesset thousands of Palestinians were marking Nakba, the day of the catastrophe which is the term used for the birth of the nation of Israel. Olmert expressed his warm relations with George Bush but he apparently still has not made much progress in establishing the basis of a warm agreement with Palestinian leaders.
George Bush has never missed an opportunity to mouth the cliches and rhetoric of democracy and peace. But, then again, he has never missed an opportunity to foul up one after another of opportunities to achieve peace in the Middle East. The nations of the Middle East need concrete peace negotiations which are centered in compromise and cooperation much more than speeches which sound wonderful and go nowhere.