Jerusalem, 17 June 2001

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 17.6.2001:

1. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, ISA Director Avi Dichter and National Security Council Director Uzi Dayan briefed the Cabinet on current security and diplomatic matters. They gave a picture of the situation vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict against the background of the Tenet document, its acceptance and the efforts to implement it.

National Security Council Director Dayan made it clear that the conflict between the sides is limited and added that the Palestinian Authority’s main instruments in it are violence and terrorism, which are designed to achieve strategic goals.

ISA Director Dichter briefed the Cabinet on the security situation on the ground in light of the Tenet document.

Foreign Minister Peres briefed the Cabinet on the diplomatic aspects of the conflict and the conflict’s impact on the Palestinian population, on Israel, and vis-a-vis relations with Europe and the US.

During the course of the general discussion which followed the briefings, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made it clear that Israel accepted the Mitchell plan according to the outline included in it and opposes any deviation from it.

Each stage in the outline must be carried out in full before the sides can proceed to subsequent stages. After a six-week period of quiet (i.e. the complete cessation of terrorism and violence), the sides will proceed to the stage of confidence-building measures. There will be no progress as long as the necessary quiet does not prevail.

Prime Minister Sharon said that he wants to see results, without which there can be no progress.

Prime Minister Sharon noted that he has made it clear more than once that while he is ready to make painful concessions in exchange for true peace, he is not prepared to make any concession that will endanger Israel.

The Cabinet will continue its diplomatic discussion at a future meeting.