- The Washington Times - Monday, August 5, 2002

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) President Bush demanded after yesterday's suicide bombing in Israel that all nations join him in trying to stop terrorist killings.
Meanwhile yesterday, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, and Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, charged that Saudi Arabia has aided militants behind the latest deadly attack.
"There are a few killers who want to stop the peace process that we have started," the president said in response to the suicide bombing. "We must not let them."
Speaking from the first tee of a golf course, the vacationing Mr. Bush said he was distressed by the news out of northern Israel that greeted his pre-dawn rising for an early game of golf with his father.
A Palestinian suicide bomber struck a bus near the northern town of Tsfat during rush hour, killing at least nine others and wounding dozens more. The terrorist group Hamas claimed responsibility.
"For the sake of humanity, for the sake of the Palestinians who suffer, for the sake of the Israelis who are under attack, we must stop the terror," Mr. Bush said. "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killings."
On yesterday's talk shows, Mr. Lieberman charged that Saudi Arabia is aiding Palestinian organizations, including Hamas.
The United States and its allies must "cut off the flow of support to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups that's coming from Iran, Iraq, Syria and, I fear, Saudi Arabia," Mr. Lieberman said on "Fox News Sunday."
"Hamas and other terrorists groups claiming credit for bombings such as those that have occurred this week, including those that killed five Americans, have sent money from Saudi Arabia to these terrorists groups," Mr. Lieberman said. "That can't go on any more if there's going to be peace."
Mr. Specter also voiced "grave doubts about the Saudis really being our friends" and said on CNN's "Late Edition" that he, too, believes Saudi Arabia gives financial aid to Hamas.
Administration officials consider it common knowledge that individual Saudis give money to terrorist groups such as Hamas, but they have not come out with evidence of financial backing by the Saudi government.
Saudi officials have insisted that while they support the Palestinians in their struggle against Israel, they do not encourage suicide bombings.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is scheduled to meet in Washington this week with a delegation of Palestinians.
"We'd like to continue the dialogue with the United States," said Palestinian Cabinet member Nabil Shaath. Administration officials said in the immediate aftermath of yesterday's attack that it did not change Mr. Powell's plans.
But Mr. Powell seemed to call into question whether he will proceed with the meetings.
"Now, when that meeting might take place and who would be available for such a meeting, I think, I will have to wait until I get back to Washington and see what the state of play is on Monday," he said in the Philippines on Saturday.
Mr. Lieberman said yesterday that "the terrorists in the Palestinian community" had taken over leadership of the Palestinians and were "not operating alone."

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