Bush refuses to criticize Middle East trip by former President Carter

President George W. Bush is not openly criticizing former President Jimmy Carter for his meetings last week with representatives of Hamas. Bush says Hamas is undermining peace in the Middle East because its foreign policy objective is the destruction of Israel. He said at a news conference Tuesday that Hamas complicates the situation in the region by firing rockets into Israel and trying to destabilize it Bush says he does not see Hamas changing as it must if there is to be a two-state solution in the Middle East. Bush administration figures including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Carter for meeting with Hamas leaders in Syria.