Anti-Incitement Committee Meets

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
5 January 1999

The trilateral American-Israeli-Palestinian committee on the prevention of incitement, terrorism and violence will convene today (Tuesday), 5.1.99, in Ramallah.

As will be recalled, the mandate of the committee, established following the signing of the Wye River Memorandum, is to identify and monitor expressions of incitement leading to violence and terrorism — with the goal of prevention. This fifth committee meeting since November 1998 constitutes part of the ongoing activities of the joint committees in the various existing negotiating channels between Israel and the Palestinians.

Uri Dan, head of the Israeli team, was again instructed by Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon to continue making every effort to impress upon the Palestinian team that Israel attributes great importance to this matter as one of the agenda issues vis-a-vis Palestinian commitments.

Israel also views the continuing dialogue with the Palestinians on this issue as crucial and hopes that progress is made, including the formation of joint mechanisms to monitor expressions of incitement — which would surely contribute to the progress of the process.