Bush firm on Hamas in talk to American Jewish Committee

No support for "elected officials who are not committed to peace"
With two world leaders beside him at the American Jewish Committee’s 100th anniversary gala in Washington, President Bush criticized Hamas for being in “the camp of terror” and vowed not to work with the Palestinian party until it recognizes Israel.

“I’m a strong believer in democracy and free elections, but that does not mean we have to support elected officials who are not committed to peace,” Bush said May 4 at the AJC centennial event. “Hamas must accept the demands of the international community to recognize Israel, disarm and reject terrorism, and stop blocking the path to peace.”

The president was flanked on the podium by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Bush also said he will continue to pressure Iran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.


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