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Palestinian conflict a topic for Olmert-Bush talks

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be one of the issues discussed when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets with President Bush on Monday, according to a White House statement.

Olmert arrived in Washington Sunday.

Topics to be discussed include the post-election U.S. policy towards Israel as well as regional and international issues -- including Israeli-Palestinian relations -- a statement from the White House said.

Last week, Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun killed 18 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

Olmert expressed regret for the deaths and on Thursday blamed a "technical error," according to a spokeswoman with the minister's office.

The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have condemned Israel for its military operations in Gaza, saying the resolution was "biased against Israel and politically motivated."

On Sunday, an Israeli rocket launched into Gaza killed a 16-year-old and wounded a Palestinian national guard soldier, according to Palestinian medical sources. (Full story)

Iran's nuclear ambitions and its threat to Israel are other possible topics for discussion.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the Jewish nation should be "wiped off the map" and he has questioned the existence of the Holocaust. On November 11 Iran successfully fired rockets tipped with cluster bombs that have the range to reach Israel, Iranian television reported.

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