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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has once again asked that terrorists cease attacks on civilians after two suicide bombings in two days killed 26 Israelis. At this afternoon’s daily White House media briefing, WND asked Presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleischer about Arafat’s latest appeal:
- Q: Ari, in the White House’s reckoning, how many times has Yasser Arafat asked for an end to suicide bombings? And do you believe this Arafat request will bring an end to such mass murdering of civilians?
MR. FLEISCHER: This is why the president is so focused on creating this environment that I keep talking about, that provides security for the people of Israel and hope for the people of Palestine.
Q: Hasn’t he asked for it before?
MR. FLEISCHER: Yasser Arafat?
MR. FLEISCHER: Yasser Arafat has spoken on this issue. The president is still waiting for …
MR. FLEISCHER: Yasser Arafat has spoken on this issue. The president is still waiting for him to act.
WND’s second question addressed allegations that a police dog is practicing racial profiling, targeting blacks over whites.
- Q: There has been nationwide media coverage of a McKee’s Rocks, Pa., councilwoman who has charged that racial profiling has been done by Dolpho, the borough’s one police dog, for whom she has demanded the death penalty. And my question is, while I know of no law allowing the president a right to commute the capital punishment of a dog, as the owner of two beloved dogs, the president surely hopes that McKee’s Rocks will not allow this execution on such an absurd charge, doesn’t he, Ari?
MR. FLEISCHER: I think you just validated the point I was making to Terry that the president is not involved in every issue across America with everybody who does or says anything.
Q: But he doesn’t want that dog put to death, does he, Ari?
MR. FLEISCHER: Lester, I think you need to bark up a different tree. (Laughter.)
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