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Bush Says Middle East Has Become 'Cauldron of Violence' - 2001-08-15

President Bush is issuing yet another appeal to Palestinian and Israeli leaders to bring violence to a halt. Mr. Bush is urging restraint at a time when tensions are escalating on a daily basis.

President Bush says the Middle East has become "a cauldron of violence." And he says the bloodshed must come to an end.

During a visit to a park in the state of Colorado, Mr. Bush again called on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to clamp down on suicide bombers. At the same time, he said the Israelis must show restraint.

The president spoke in response to a question about the nighttime Israeli military raid on the Palestinian-ruled city of Jenin in the West Bank. The Israeli army said the operation was in response to a series of bombings by Palestinian militants. Tanks and bulldozers were used in the Israeli incursion, and they demolished the Palestinian police headquarters in the town.