President Bush spoke Monday afternoon at the White House about the Mideast. He proposed a peace conference and pledged U.S. $190 million in financial support for Abbas, who controls just the West Bank after the Islamic militant group Hamas gained authority over Gaza in June. The proposed peace conference would take place this fall, and would include Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to restart Mideast peace talks and to review progress in building democratic institutions.
He also pledged U.S. $190 million in financial support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who controls who controls Fatah and the West Bank.
Mr. Bush described the recent Hamas actions in Gaza as “violent and lawless”.
He called the current situation “a moment clarity, moment of choice” between two paths for the Palestinian people – one represented by the moderate government led by Abbas and his Fatah faction and that of Hamas.