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Monday, August 30, 2004

Yasher koach, Mr. President

Bush "staunchly defended" Ariel Sharon

AFP: NASHUA, United States - US President George W. Bush staunchly defended Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from a surprising attack at a Bush campaign event in this battleground state.

A young woman . . . asked Bush in a question-and-answer forum how he could have called Sharon "'a man of peace' if he causes death and torture among innocent Palestinians."

"That's a good question," he said. "First of all, Ariel Sharon is defending his country against terrorist attack, just like we all are," Bush said, drawing cheers and applause from the crowd.

"Ariel Sharon is a duly elected official in a democracy," said the US president. "We would hope that the Palestinians would have that same kind of democracy, which would lead to a more peaceful world."

"There's a leadership question involved in whether or not a Palestinian state will emerge. In order for a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be Palestinian leadership that believes in the hopes and aspirations of the people," he said.