Olmert, Bush discuss Israeli-Palestinian progress

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke with US President George W. Bush on Thursday afternoon, focusing primarily on ways of making progress in Israeli-Palestinian channels. Olmert also updated Bush on talks the prime minister held in Germany, Italy and Jordan. The prime minister met on Thursday with US Senators John Kerry and Christopher Dodd, who have been on a tour of the region. The senators updated Olmert on their visits to Iraq, Lebanon and Syria; however, they did not relay any messages from Syrian President Bashar Assad.