Video: Bush and Olmert speeches from last night's conference (excerpt)This video is just a couple of excerpts of the speeches by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert at Shimon Peres' Presidents' conference last night.
Earlier in the evening, several people were injured when a rocket fired from Gaza hit the city of Ashkelon. They include a mother and daughter. Israel Radio reported this morning that a total of 34 people were injured, four of them seriously.
Today, Olmert is taking Bush to Masada. As you may recall, this is because they wanted to take President Bush someplace Jewish, but decided that the Western Wall and the Golan Heights are too controversial. So instead, Olmert is taking Bush to Masada in the middle of the desert, where the weatherman says it will 'only' be 91 degrees this afternoon (as compared to 96 yesterday). Heh. Masada is a place where Jews committed mass suicide two millenia ago. Deja vu all over again?
By the way, my upstairs neighbor has a 17-passenger van and is driving President Bush's family around ("Laura goes in the limousine in front of me and everyone else goes with me"). He tells me that his apartment is full of flowers because Laura has no place to put them, so she said "give them to the driver to bring home to his wife." I wonder how they're driving there. The fastest way goes through Judea (and the outskirts of Jericho). I assume Bush and Pinocchio are going by helicopter anyway.
Let's go to the videotape. I'll have more on the Bush visit later.
P.S. Sorry about the Hebrew voiceovers. I cannot stand them either. Most people in this country speak enough English that they really should not be necessary.