Washington, DC – President George W. Bush, who is expected to visit the Palestinians, does not intend to lay a wreath at Yasser Arafat's tomb.
President Bush would not stop by Arafat's newly-built tomb during his visit, a source said. "I'm not aware of any plan to lay a wreath at Arafat's tomb," the source said. "This issue was not raised during preparations for President Bush's tour and I doubt if he would do so."
In response, a senior PA official said, "Of course we are very disappointed, although we weren't surprised."
The official also said the PA leadership had decided not to make a big issue out of the visit to Arafat's tomb to avoid creating a crisis with the US. [J-Post]