Remarks Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel
In a couple of minutes I'll have the honor of receiving the Prime Minister from Israel. We obviously changed our schedule because of the horrific acts of murder that took place in his land.
I will tell him that I strongly condemn the acts of murder that killed innocent people in Israel. I will tell him our Nation grieves for those whose lives have been affected by the murderers.
This is a moment where the advocates for peace in the Middle East must rise up and fight terror. Chairman Arafat must do everything in his power to find those who murdered innocent Israelis and bring them to justice.
Clearly, there are some in the world who do not want us to achieve peace in the Middle East. Clearly, there are some that, every chance they have, they will use violence and terror to disrupt any progress that's being made. We must not allow them to succeed. We must not allow terror to destroy the chance of peace in the Middle East.
Now is the time for leaders throughout the world who urge there to be a peace to do something about the terror that prevents peace from happening in the first place.
May God bless the Israeli citizens who lost their lives, and their families.
NOTE: The President spoke at 11:26 a.m. on the South Grounds at the White House upon returning from Camp David, MD. In his remarks, he referred to Chairman Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Authority.
George W. Bush, Remarks Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/216728