Rice: Bush Not Done Working on Israeli-Palestinian Issue

U.S. Secretary of State tells Yossi Beilin she hopes progress to continue after Israeli elections in February.

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the Bush Administration was not done working on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, especially in light of recent, significant diplomatic developments between the two sides.

Rice's comments came during a meeting with the head of the Geneva Initiative and former Meretz party chair Yossi Beilin.

Rice added that the situation in the West Bank has changed and Israeli and Palestinian positions are becoming closer, something she says she hopes doesn't change after Israeli general elections in February.

Beilin echoed the comment, telling Rice that the outgoing Bush Administration must find a way to ensure that peace talks between the two sides will pick up where it left off, and won't need to start from scratch after the general elections.

On the 19th of December, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Washington, D.C. for a meeting with President Bush. Rice is expected to make an additional trip to the Mideast before the Bush administration leaves office.