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Bush optimistic on Israeli-Palestinian peace

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The US president says he remains confident Israeli-Palestinian peace can be achieved before he leaves office in January. He made the comments soon after arriving in Egypt on the final stop of his Middle East tour. Observers say the Palestinians are wary of the US leader after he heaped praise on Israel during a recent visit there, and made few references to Palestinian aspirations.

The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack reportedly sought reassurances from Bush that he was committed to the peace process. The US president later said they would would work hard to achieve the objective of a Palestinian state.

Bush was also due to hold talks with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Earlier Bush described Israel as a “homeland for the chosen people” and said it could always count on Washington for support against enemies Iran and Hamas. The White House denies Bush is ignoring the plight of the Palestinians.