The US President, George W Bush, has been meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, at the White House. Iran, Syria and the Palestinian conflict dominated their talks. Israel has expressed increasing concern over Iran in the light of Tehran’s refusal to heed United Nations calls for it to halt its nuclear programme, which Iran maintains is purely designed to create atomic energy.
Bush called for Iran to be “economically isolated” if it fails to stop its uranium enrichment work. The Israeli leader’s visit follows a summer of fighting in Lebanon and Gaza which has forced him to abandon his central policy – unilateral withdrawal from parts of the West Bank.