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Sunday, May 22

This Week in Laura

Laura Bush Visits the Middle East

'' "We're reminded again of what every one of us would want. ... What we all want is peace and the chance that we have right now to have peace, to have a Palestinian state living by a secure state of Israel, both living in democracy, is as close as we've been in a really long time," she said at an ancient home of Islamic spiritual leaders. '' [Protesters Mob Laura Bush in Jerusalem]

" "Women who have not yet won these rights are watching,'' Bush said at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center on the banks of the Dead Sea. ``Freedom, especially freedom for women, is more than the absence of oppression. It's the right to speak and vote and worship freely. Human rights require the rights of women. And human rights are empty promises without human liberty.'' " [Laura Bush calls on Arabs to embrace women's rights]

" "I think he should have been interrupted, but I'm not going to second-guess the Secret Service that were with him," Laura Bush told reporters during her flight to Jordan to start a five-day visit to the Middle East." [ Laura Bush: President Not Alerted About Plane]

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