Friday, January 02, 2009

Hamas must stop firing rockets as first step: White House

From Reuters, Wed Dec 31, 2008:

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush ...spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the White House said on Wednesday.

"President Bush thinks that Hamas needs to stop firing rockets and that is what will be the first steps in a ceasefire," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Texas where Bush was on holiday.

During the phone call with Olmert, Bush received assurances from the Israeli leader that Israel was only targeting Hamas and working to minimize civilian casualties, Johndroe said. The two did not discuss a timetable for halting Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, he said.

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