03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Israel Talks Of Removing Illegal Outposts After Nudge From Bush

Pressed by President Bush to keep promises to destroy illegal settler outposts, Israeli leaders said Friday that they hoped to take action after his visit to the region next week.

The awkward exchange through the news media exemplified the importance of Israel's relationship to the United States and the way in which Washington can sometimes push it to take controversial steps that benefit the Palestinians, who have little diplomatic weight of their own.

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