Jerusalem, 19 July 2001

Israel wishes to begin the diplomatic process as soon as possible
(Communicated by the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office Press and Information Division)

The policy of the Government of Israel is to reach peace agreements with all the Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority.

Israel has accepted the outline of the Mitchell report and the Tenet plan, and even declared a unilateral cease-fire at the time. The response was an increase in Palestinian terrorism, violence and incitement.

Israel has a vested interest in maintaining stability in the Middle East and takes every step possible to maintain that stability. Israel hopes that the Palestinian Authority will do the same.

Israel wishes to begin the diplomatic process as soon as possible but it can only begin after there is a complete halt to terrorism, violence and incitement.