Bush Calls for Israeli Withdrawal

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As Israeli tanks continued to roll into Palestinian towns, President Bush declared today that it's time for those incursions to stop. His announcement that he will send Secretary of State Colin Powell to the region next week comes after days of outside criticism and conflict within his administration. Without confining his call to peace to Israel and the Palestinians, the President also issued a warning to other nations in the region. After a BBC update on the latest events in the Middle East, we get reaction from the Israeli government and a Palestinians human rights organization. We also engage two political pundits in a lively debate on the wisdom and timing of America's deeper involvement in the peace effort.
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President Bush's Statement on the Middle East

National Journal

BBC News


Government of Israel

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment

The Savage Wars of Peace

UN Resolution 1402

Wall Street Journal



Warren Olney