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Knesset members: “Bush more Zionist than Olmert”

July 2, 2012

Saturday, May 17. 2008

After the US President, George W. Bush, gave a speech at the Israeli Knesset on Thursday, several right wing members of Knesset said that “Bush seems to be more Zionist the Olmert”, and that “it is better to have Bush as a PM instead of Olmert”.
by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Some of the Knesset members even said that “Bush appears to be the one person who will achieve the Zionist aspirations”, the Arabs48 news website reported.

During the Knesset session Olmert said that upon achieving a peace deal with the Palestinians, the agreement will be presented to the Knesset for approval , and that such an agreement will achieve the approval of the Knesset and will be supported by the Israeli public.

In his speech, Olmert added that “Bush is a true and faithful friend to Israel”, and that the friendship between Israel and the United States is based on “moral, human and social values based on justice and peace”.

Olmert also said that the visit of Bush gives the peace process a push in order to achieve a two-state solution.

Yet, several right wing members of Knesset such as Zify Handel and Uri Ariel from the Mifdal party,  objected to the statements of Olmert and said that “it seems that Bush will be a better Zionist leader that Olmert”.

Knesset member Ruby Revlin said that “comparing between Bush and Olmert, Bush appears the one who achieves the Zionist aspirations”.

During his Knesset speech, Bush said that “Israel will be celebrating its 120th anniversary as the World’s greatest democracies, a secure flourishing homeland of the Jewish people”, Israeli online daily, Haaretz reported.

He also said that Israel can always count on the United States to support it and “stand at its side”.

The speech of Bush totally ignored the Palestinian existence, the occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people under occupation.


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