In a speech before the Israeli parliament, President Bush has offered a peace prophecy for the Middle East.
The president, who is on a Middle East tour aimed at shoring-up the stalled peace process, expressed America’s unwavering support for Israel, and reiterated his hostility to Iran:
“America is with you in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists’ sanctuary. And America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
Three Arab legislators holding up a sign reading “We shall overcome” were escorted out of the Knesset as Bush began to speak.
Earlier in the day, the president visited the desert fortress of Masada, a symbol of Jewish fighting spirit and self-sacrifice for Israelis.
As Israel marks its 60th birthday, Palestinians in the West Bank remembered Nakba, or “catastrophe”, when 700,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes in the fighting around Israel’s creation.