May 2 - Israeli leaders call the death of Osama bin Laden a triumph for Washington and its allies, as the Western-backed Palestinian Authority says it was a ''good for the cause of peace.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
(EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING STORY TO CORRECT MISSING AUDIO REPORTER TRACK) Israeli leaders welcome the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces as a triumph for Washington and its allies, and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority says bin Laden's death was a "good for the cause of peace." Israeli President Shimon Peres. SOUNDBITE: Israeli President Shimon Peres, saying (English): "It's a great achievement for the security forces of the United States of America. It's a great achievement for the President of the United States, Obama. The world will become a better world without him. It doesn't mean that this is the end of all terrorism and all dangers. But one that was an outstanding murderer reached, finally, his own justified end," In the West Bank city of Ramallah, the de-facto capital of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, officials said that the killing was good for peace but called for the end of violence. Ghassan Khatib, Head of Palestinian Governmental Press Office SOUNDBITE: Ghassan Khatib, Head of Palestinian Governmental Press Office, saying (English): "Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide. But what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods -- the violent methods -- that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world." There was no immediate reaction from the rival Hamas Islamist movement which governs the Gaza Strip. Hamas is critical of U.S. policy in the Middle East and deeply hostile to Israel. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters