PM Barak Meets with German Chancellor Schroeder
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ehud Barak met for approximately 1.5 hours today (Tuesday), 31.10.2000, with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The Prime Minister emphasized that he will continue to do all that was necessary in order to defend the lives of Israeli civilians and soldiers even if this entails actions of the kind that were seen last night (Monday), 30.10.2000.
However, Prime Minister Barak stressed that he still hopes that the Sharm understandings – with the decision to put an end to the violence first and foremost – will be implemented in full. In this context, the Prime Minister said that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is not even sending signals that he intends to halt the violence, in accordance with his commitments, and advance the peace process.
Prime Minister Barak asserted that in parallel with efforts to calm things down on the ground, Israel needs to be prepared for the possibility of a struggle for its basic rights and vital interests.
Chancellor Schroeder said that he will demand that Chairman Arafat take all necessary steps to halt the violence and emphasized that Germany opposes a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. He added that upon the cessation of violence, it would be desirable to return to the discussion table and said in this context that in his view, it is impossible to settle the conflict without discussing the issue of Jerusalem in general and that of the Temple Mount in particular.
Prime Minister Barak raised the issue of Israel’s abducted, captive and missing soldiers and said that the international community must put both Iran and Syria in their place, the former for supporting terrorism and the latter for being largely responsible for the situation in Lebanon. He added that the world must demand that the Lebanese government release the abducted Israeli soldiers and civilian. Chancellor Schroeder promised to make every effort in this direction.
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