WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush has extended his warm wishes to embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
A White House spokesman said Bush took a telephone call from the Israeli leader Wednesday just before Olmert announced in Israel that he will resign in the fall. Spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Bush intends to work closely with Olmert until that time and wishes him well.
Johndroe says Bush has appreciated Olmert's friendship, leadership and work for peace.
Olmert is resigning amid police investigations of corruption allegations against him. The probes have raised doubts about Olmert's ability to strike a peace deal with Palestinians this year, as Bush wants, and his resignation increases those doubts.