The Israeli Prime Minister says a decision on how his government will deal with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is very close. Referring to Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel, he told his cabinet the situation cannot be allowed to continue. But he did not elaborate.
The comment comes as the US President meets Arab leaders, including the Palestinian president, in Egypt. President Bush voiced optimism that a deal on a Palestinian state can be reached before he leaves office in January. He has been under pressure to show evenhandedness in his efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. This after heaping praise and support on Israel during a recent visit there. Today he is expected to try to ease Palestinian concern in a speech at Sharm el-Sheikh.