PM Barak: Palestinian violence and incitement must stop; Palestinian state cannot be established through violence, only via negotiations and agreement
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser and the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ehud Barak yesterday (Tuesday), November 14, 2000, during his plane’s refueling stop in London, spoke with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and reiterated Israel’s demand for a halt to Palestinian violence and incitement.
Prime Minister Barak said that Israel has to respond at time of its choosing, according to its considerations, to the continued murderous attacks and terrorist acts from the Palestinian side. The Prime Minister emphasized that a Palestinian state must not be allowed to be established through violence and incitement; rather, it must come about through negotiations and agreement.
UK Prime Minister Blair showed complete understanding for the Israeli position in light of the situation on the ground. Following his conversation with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat several days ago, Prime Minister Blair said that he believes that Chairman Arafat is interested in reaching an agreement. Prime Minister Blair stressed that a way must be found to halt the bloody cycle of violence.
UK Prime Minister Blair noted that he and his government have been criticized by Arab elements over their stand alongside Israel in general and for their determined opposition to a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in particular.
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