Jerusalem, 14 November 2000

PM Barak: Yesterday’s acts – Direct result of PA policy of encouraging violence and calling for jihad; Israel will consider how to resume process only after halt to violence and incitement

(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser and the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak views with utmost gravity the shooting attacks yesterday (Monday), 13.11.2000, in which two Israeli soldiers and two civilians were killed and eight civilians were wounded. The Prime Minister sends his condolences to the bereaved families and his best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded.

The State of Israel does not, and will not, countenance attacks on its citizens and soldiers; those who perpetrate attacks will not get away with it. These deplorable acts are a direct consequence of the Palestinian Authority’s policy of encouraging violence and calling for a jihad against Israel. The assailants and those who dispatched them will be punished.

Prime Minister Barak calls on the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza to continue acting with restraint and to enable the IDF and the security forces to carry out their missions and act against violence.

The Defense Minister’s Media Adviser points out that there are no restrictions on the IDF’s operational activities and adds that the IDF will take strong action against whoever tries to attack Israeli civilians and soldiers.

In regard to various media reports, Prime Minister Barak’s Bureau wishes to reiterate that Prime Minister Barak’s meeting with US President Bill Clinton mainly dealt with the urgent need to fully implement the Sharm understandings, i.e. halting violence and Palestinian incitement. All analysis to the contrary is incorrect.

Prime Minister Barak made it clear to President Clinton that Israel will consider how to resume the process only after the understandings are implemented and the violence and incitement are halted.  

 PM Barak- Reaction to Yesterday-s Attacks-14-Nov-2000
 PM Barak- Reaction to Yesterday-s Attacks-14-Nov-2000
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