Bush Says Gaza Pullout "Will be Good for Israel"

(Reuters) President Bush told Israel's Channel One television Thursday that the planned Israeli pullout from Gaza "will be good for Israel." "First of all the previous system wasn't working. There was an intifada, there was death, there was killing. And if you notice, there's been a calm in attacks." "I can understand why people think this decision is one that will create a vacuum into which terrorism will flow," he said. "I happen to disagree. I think this will create an opportunity for democracy to emerge and democracies are peaceful." "I think in the long run two states living side by side in peace is the ultimate solution for Israel's security," he said. "In the meantime we've got to work to dismantle terrorist organizations, and that's precisely what the road map calls for."

2005-08-12 00:00:00

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