Jerusalem, 17 October 2000

Statement by PM and DM Ehud Barak following the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following is a statement by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak:

"US President Bill Clinton today (Tuesday), 17.10.2000, presented the Sharm declaration which gives expression to the obligation of all sides to end the violence, calm the situation on the ground immediately and restore regional stability.

To this end, detailed security understandings were formulated on all related issues. These understandings were deposited with the United States, which will monitor their implementation.

Together, these agreements are designed to facilitate ending the current wave of violence, lessening the friction and preventing the recurrence of the recent events.

Both sides committed themselves to act gradually in order to restore the situation to that which prevailed before the outbreak of the current crisis, lessen the points of friction, increase security cooperation between the sides, lift the closure and reopen the Deihaniye airport.

It is our intention to exhaust the possibility of implementing the components of the Sharm declaration. As obligated thereby, upon my return to the country, I ordered the security forces to do everything required to implement the Sharm declaration and contact their American and Palestinian counterparts in order to act jointly to achieve this goal forthwith while strictly upholding our obligation to defend Israel’s citizens and soldiers.

I would like to emphasize that the IDF and Israel Police will take great care to halt the violence and prevent additional loss of life. They – and only they – will assure the security of Israeli citizens.

Israel intends to implement the understandings which were achieved and strictly monitor this since therein lays their supreme test.

In recent weeks, violence has surged in our region and Israeli and Palestinian lives have been lost. We regret this.

We now have before us an additional opportunity to get back on track towards stability, coexistence and cooperation. I expect that our Palestinian neighbors share this hope with us.  
 Statement by PM and DM Ehud Barak following the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration-17-Oct-2000
 Statement by PM and DM Ehud Barak following the Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration-17-Oct-2000
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