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Office of Global Communications
June 5, 2003

The Rights and Aspirations of the Peoples of the Middle East

President Bush believes in the non-negotiable demands of human dignity for all people everywhere. During his June 2003 trip to the Middle East, the President reiterated his vision for two states living side by side, a state of Palestine and a state of Israel. As President Bush said at Aqaba, Jordan, on June 4, 2003: “Ultimately, permanent security requires peace, and permanent peace can only be obtained through security. And there is now hope of a new opportunity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

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