Remarks by President Bush to the World Economic Forum on the Middle East

WASHINGTON , May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following are remarks by President Bush to the World Economic Forum on the Middle East : Laura and I are delighted to be in Egypt , and we bring with us the warm wishes of the...

I know that these can be trying times, but the future is in your hands - and freedom and peace are within your grasp. Just imagine what this region could look like in 60 years. The Palestinian people will have the homeland they have long dreamed of and deserved - a democratic state that is governed by law, respects human rights, and rejects terror. Israel will be celebrating its 120th anniversary as one of the world's great democracies - a secure and flourishing homeland for the Jewish people. From Cairo and Riyadh to Baghdad and Beirut , people will live in free and independent societies, where a desire for peace is reinforced by ties of diplomacy, tourism, and trade. Iran and Syria will be peaceful nations, where today's oppression is a distant memory and people are free to speak their minds and develop their talents. And al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas will be defeated, as Muslims across the region recognize the emptiness of the terrorists' vision and the injustice of their cause.

This vision is the same one I outlined in my address to the Israeli Knesset. Yet it is not a Jewish vision or a Muslim vision, not an American vision or an Arab vision. It is a universal vision, based on the timeless principles of dignity, tolerance, and justice - and it unites all who yearn for freedom and peace in this ancient land. Realizing this vision will not be easy. It will take time, and sacrifice, and resolve. Yet there is no doubt in my mind that you are up to the challenge - and with your ingenuity, enterprise, and courage, this historic vision for the Middle East will be realized. May God be with you on the journey. America always will be. Thank you.

SOURCE White House Press Office