President Bush says the world must deal harshly with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Mr. Bush says groups like Hamas seek to kill the Middle East peace process and must be stopped.
President Bush says he remains confident that peace will be achieved in the Middle East. He says "killers" who want to sabotage the peace process must not succeed.
"The free world, those who love freedom and peace, must deal harshly with Hamas and the killers," Mr. Bush said.
More than 60 people have been killed in the Middle East in a wave of violence that followed Mr. Bush's recent three-way summit with the Palestinian and Israeli Prime Ministers. The president says he is not giving up on the peace process.
"It is going to be a tough road. But I am determined to continue to lend the weight of this government to advance peace," he said.
Mr. Bush spoke after attending church near his parents' home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He returns to Washington, Monday.