| 'We should all be wishing them the best' |
WORLDNETDAILY - December 1, 2007
The White House spokeswoman says it will be "difficult" and "take some time" for the Arab and Israeli contingents to come to an agreement on all of the issues they are dealing with in the Middle East.
The response came to a question by Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, who was at a White House briefing with spokeswoman Dana Perino.
"WorldNetDaily --- reports that if Israel hands over any of the West Bank territory to Abbas, that Hamas will take over that land. And my question: Since Hamas so quickly drove Fatah out of the Gaza Strip, why does the Bush White House believe that Israel should give any West Bank land to Fatah?"
"I'm not going to comment on that, but what I am going to say is that [Israeli] Prime Minister Olmert and [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas were here this week, they were here at Annapolis, they came to the White House several times. They have launched their negotiations and we should all be wishing them the best in trying to work to let them work through all of those core issues that they're going to have to deal with, which is going to be quite emotional, is going to be very difficult and is going to take some time." - - -
In a second question, Kinsolving asked: "WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief reports that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah organization and its military wing, the al- Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, took responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel during the past three years. And my question: What's the White House reaction to this report?"
"I haven't seen the report so I'm not going to be able to react," Perino said.