Washington, June 20: US President George W. Bush
wants Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to follow his call for
a total halt to attacks on Israeli citizens with "action" to
enforce the ban, the white house said today.
"The progress the president is looking for is not
rhetorical, it is meaningful. And the president is waiting to
see it," said bush spokesman Ari Fleischer. "The progress the
president is looking for is action."
"I must insist on the need to completely halt these
operations, which we have condemned many times and against
which we have taken decisive measure in order to preserve the
national interest," Arafat said in a statement.
"In line with my responsibilities, I announce my concern
in the interest of our people and our future, my total
condemnation of all operations targetting Israeli civilians,
which have nothing to do with our legitimate right to resist
For its part, the Palestinian leadership condemned both
"attacks on civilians in Israel and the reoccupation by the
Israeli army of Palestinian cities."