FM Sharon Briefs EU Ambassadors

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
29 March 1999

Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon today (Monday) 29.3.99, for the first time, briefed ambassadors from the European Union on Israel’s security perception and the strategic importance of security zones that Israel will need in any future agreement with the Palestinians: on the eastern border along the Jordan River and in the west along the hilltops overlooking the coastal plain and its cities, as well as control of a number of strategic transit routes that connect between them.

Responding to questions posed by the ambassadors regarding Palestinian demands to realize United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947, Sharon emphasized that Israel totally rejects the UN partition resolution, which became null and void due to its rejection by the Arab states and the invasion by seven Arab armies and the resulting war that they declared against the State of Israel.

Regarding the decision of the EU Council that declared that a Palestinian state would serve Israel’s security, Sharon insisted on the principle that on all matters regarding the security of Israel and its citizens, Israel cannot rely on Palestinian supporters, not on the Europeans nor on any outside body, but only on itself, as all other countries in the world have done in these matters. Sharon concluded that Israel’s security demands must be able to provide answers to unexpected future developments.