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"America's commitment to Israel's security is enduring and unshakable, as is our commitment to Israel's right to defend itself — always — against terrorism, rocket attacks and other threats from forces dedicated to Israel's destruction," Cheney said, standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "The United States will never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security."
A Mideast peace agreement will require "painful concessions" by Israelis and Palestinians who must work together to defeat those "committed to violence," Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
After meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Cheney stressed the U.S. commitment to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, saying it was "long overdue."
"Achieving that vision will require tremendous effort at the negotiating table and painful concessions on both sides," said Cheney, whose stop in Ramallah came just two months after President Bush's trip to the West Bank.
"It also will require a determination to keep those who are committed to violence and who refuse to accept the basic right of the other side to exist," Cheney said.