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January 9, 2008
'What are you going to do about the rockets?'
That's the first question President George Bush will ask PA President Mahmoud Abbas at their meeting on Thursday.
Bush made the statement at a press conference yesterday in Israel. The President also reminded the world that Iran was still a threat, despite the conclusions reached by the National Intelligence Estimate which stated that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program back in 2003:
Visiting US President George Bush affirmed western concerns on Wednesday that Iran is a threat to world peace, despite the release of his country's National Intelligence Estimate report in November. Prime Minister Olmert said he was "encouraged and strengthened" by Bush's remarks on Iran. He also said the Israelis and the PA were "very serious" about moving toward peace.
"The NIE report may have sent a signal to some that the US doesn't think that Iran is a threat. I have said that Iran was a threat, Iran is a threat and Iran will be a threat if the international community doesn't come together to prevent it from getting a nuclear weapon," Bush said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shortly after a meeting between the two.
He said that sanctions would force the Iranian people to choose whether to back a nuclear program.
The President is on an 8 day trip to the Middle East. In addition to Israel and the West Bank, the President will visit Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.