Cheney turns attention to peace process in weekend visit to Israel

US Vice President Dick Cheney sought to coax Israel and the Palestinians to follow through on promises to forge a peace deal as he began an Easter weekend trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank. After two days in Saudi Arabia, the vice president headed into a Saturday evening meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, soon after his arrival. Cheney's visit is part of the US strategy to keep the pressure on the two sides, despite recent bloodshed, to agree on a framework for peace before US President George W. Bush leaves office in January. Cheney planned to attend an Easter service Sunday in Jerusalem, then head to Ramallah in the West Bank for talks with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.