Abbas meets Bush

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | 
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas held his first meeting with President Bush today at the White House. Before the meeting, Abbas said he would ask Bush to fulfill his vision of a Palestinian state living next to Israel in peace and security. But Abbas has a credibility problem. “Bush is very disappointed in Abbas,” said Israeli analyst Michael Widlansky. “Abbas has not fulfilled most of the promises that he's made since his election in January.” The main unfulfilled promise is the dismantling of terrorist groups as called for in the “roadmap” peace plan, which Abbas has accepted. That puts Abbas in an uncomfortable position because in the wake of 9/11, President Bush sees terrorism as the biggest threat to the peace process.

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