Jerusalem, 1 August 2001

Israel calls on the international community to demand that Palestinian leaders immediately halt all terror, violence and incitement
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)

The Prime Minister’s office today (Wednesday), 1.8.2001, released the following statement:

The Palestinian Authority has never upheld the cease-fire. It is responsible for many of the acts of terror against Israeli citizens, and for not taking preventive action to thwart additional terrorism. Since the Tenet understandings of 13 June, there have been some 850 Palestinian terrorist attacks resulting in the 17 Israeli deaths and 94 casualties.

It should be noted that Prime Minister Sharon declared a unilateral cease-fire even before the Tenet document was published, and that Israel acted with great restraint even after the Palestinian atrocities at the Dolphinarium in Tel Aviv, in Binyamina and in Hadera – and despite constant attempts to perpetrate terror throughout Israel. Israel emphasizes its commitment to the Tenet plan and the Mitchell Report, which both establish an unconditional cessation of terror and violence as the first phase, thereby creating the necessary conditions for the resumption of the peace process and the political negotiations.

Israel will continue to reserve its basic right to self-defense and to fulfill its obligation to protect the lives of its citizens. Israel calls on the international community to demand that Palestinian leaders immediately halt all terror, violence and incitement, and arrest terrorist elements, in accordance with their commitments. The international community must make it clear to the Palestinians that they alone will bear the consequences of their actions and deficiencies.