December 19, 2003

MONTHS, NOT YEARS:

White House 'very pleased' with Sharon's speech (ASSOCIATED PRESS, Dec. 19, 2003)

President George W. Bush's spokesman reacted warmly Friday to much of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's latest prescription for dealing with the Palestinians.

"We were very pleased with the overall speech," spokesman Scott McClellan said in an apparent effort to offset published accounts that focused on his admonition Thursday that Sharon should not try to impose a settlement without negotiations.

In an exchange Friday with reporters the White House spokesman offered no criticism of Sharon's speech Thursday in Herzliya in which the prime minister offered to remove some settlements on the West Bank and make other concessions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2003 3:19 PM
Comments

NPR ran the White House comments as grudging praise for sticking to the road map, and a slap down for suggesting even the possibility of an unilateral solution.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 19, 2003 8:40 PM

Sharon, must be thinking, 50 years after Qubiya, when then there was no occupied territory, unless
you consider Haifa nad Tel Aviv occupied, and they
still seem to follow the words of Mufti Hussein; 6
million dead, seems not have impressed on enough the danger the Jews face. Nor Nasser's WMD program, the October war, or anything else

Posted by: narciso at December 19, 2003 9:39 PM
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