FM Levy Meets Yesha Council Leaders

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
24 November 1999

Foreign Minister David Levy met yesterday morning (Tuesday), 23.11.99, with the Yesha Council leadership to emphasize the importance that he attributes to an ongoing dialogue with the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza and to building confidence between them and the government.

Regarding the establishment of outposts, Foreign Minister Levy said that the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza must act according to the law and Government decisions and not be dragged into actions which create unnecessary tension. He called on the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, "to act responsibly and not jeopardize what is truly important by partisan actions and unnecessary remarks.

In response to a request to convene a meeting of the directors-general committee to discuss the ranking of national priority "A" areas, Foreign Minister Levy said, "The criteria for determining national priority "A" areas will be determined by socio- economic, not political, data and will be applied exactly as they are for all communities around the country, no more and no less."

Foreign Minister Levy updated the Yesha Council leaders on the negotiations and said that the Palestinians’ foot-dragging will lead nowhere. The Government has made its decisions and has its red lines.

"The world community must be made aware of the Israeli Government’s red lines – among them the non-dismantlement of existing settlements – so that the world community will not, at a later stage, blame Israel for not realizing the Palestinians’ expectations. Compromises must be made by both sides," Foreign Minister Levy said.