Bush Arrives in Israel to Press for Peace

Skepticism surrounds his efforts as weakened Olmert faces possible ouster
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 7:49 AM CDT
One of the helicopters of U.S. President George W. Bush's entourage prepares to land in Jerusalem Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Bush is visiting Israel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding...   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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(Newser) – President Bush arrived in Israel today to celebrate the Jewish state’s 60th birthday and try again to spur peace talks with Palestine. Ehud Olmert says he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have reached an understanding on several key points, but Olmert is embroiled in a corruption scandal, and could soon be out as prime minister. Bush and Olmert are also expected to discuss Iran.