PM Barak: Arafat has Unequivocally Committed Himself to Halting Disturbances
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak today (Thursday), 5.10.2000, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, met with senior security establishment officials in order to assess the current situation.
Prime Minister Barak reported on the results of his meetings in Paris and said that despite the fact that no agreement was signed, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat had unequivocally committed himself, to the US, to halt the disturbances on the Palestinian side, including shooting by the Tanzim and Palestinian policemen at IDF forces.
Since last night, senior Israeli and Palestinian officers have been working to implement the understandings in the framework of which, the IDF will alter its deployment in a manner that does not impair its level of alert or its readiness to respond quickly if shooting at IDF forces resumes.
Prime Minister Barak said that we have still not yet reached the conclusion of this difficult chapter and added that in the recent events, we have witnessed hundreds of violations of all the agreements which have been signed with the Palestinians, starting with the existence of armed militias and ending in the use of live fire. However, the Prime Minister expressed his hope that, contrary to what has happened in previous days, the Palestinian Authority will live up to its commitments and enforce its authority on the ground.
Israel Police Inspector-General Yehuda Wilk briefed Prime Minister Barak on the police’s preparations for prayers on the Temple Mount tomorrow (Friday), 6.10.2000. IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz and other senior IDF officers similarly briefed Prime Minister Barak on the IDF’s preparations for tomorrow.
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