Israeli barrier and Arafat memory loom over Bush visit | U.S. | Reuters

 

On day two of a trip to Israel and the West Bank to try to invigorate Middle East peace talks, Bush was forced by bad weather to travel to a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by motorcade instead of helicopter.

The drive to the city of Ramallah took him past Israel’s towering concrete and barbed wire barrier, through a military checkpoint and around craggy West Bank hills dotted with the red-roofed houses of Jewish settlements — highlighting some of the thorniest problems facing peacemakers.

Bush and Abbas met at the presidential "Muqata" compound — spruced up with a fresh coat of paint — which stirred memories of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who spent the last three years of his life under siege there by Israeli forces

Israeli barrier and Arafat memory loom over Bush visit | U.S. | Reuters

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