Jerusalem, 14 March 2001

Ministerial Committee for National Security Communique
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

A meeting of the Ministerial Committee for National Security was held this evening, with the participation of the heads of the security branches, during which they discussed the Palestinian violence. This was conducted following a series of meetings held in the past week by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister concerning the matter.

During the meeting the Prime Minister summarized the main principles of the policies that will be undertaken by the new government:

1. A focused, uncompromising, consistent, and persistent struggle against the violence and terrorism, their perpetrators, abettors and those who dispatch them.

2. Defense of the settlers and the Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

3. Negotiations will be held in order to achieve peace arrangements, but not under pressure of terror and violence. At this stage, it has been determined that the Palestinian Authority is not willing to stop the violence, to carry out the agreements it has signed, and to implement the principles of resolving disputes through peaceful means.

4. An effort will be made to distinguish between the Palestinian civilian population – that does not engage in terrorism and violence – and those who do engage in violence.

5. Steps to ease conditions for the Palestinian civilian population that can be taken will be implemented, taking into account security considerations.

Within this framework, the following steps will be taken: allowing the entry of raw materials (cement and other construction materials) into the Palestinian Authority territories; permitting fishing in the Gaza Strip; preparations for allowing merchandise into the Palestinian Authority and the marketing of products from it; and permitting free travel within Judea, Samaria and Gaza, subject to security considerations. In places where security considerations allow, internal closures will be lifted.

All this will improve the living conditions of the Palestinian population. Additional alleviations will be considered as time goes on, while taking into account security considerations.

6. At this stage the closure on Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip cannot be lifted, due to security considerations.

7. Regrettably, it has been determined that elements within the Palestinian Authority and the forces under its control are intensively engaged in terrorism, violence and incitement. Under these circumstances, it is not possible to make gestures towards the Palestinian Authority, as opposed to the alleviations granted to the Palestinian population.

8. The Israeli public is urged to demonstrate endurance and resilience in the face of the ongoing violence that has been imposed upon it.  
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