Jerusalem, 15 January 2001

PM Barak Condemns Murder of Ron Tzalah
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemns the abduction and cold-blooded murder of Gush Katif resident Ron Tzalah as an unforgivable and abominable crime.

Prime Minister Barak extends his condolence to the Tzalah family and says that the murderers will not get away with it; Israel’s long arm will reach them and they will be duly punished, as has been done with those responsible for previous attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Israel views the Palestinian Authority as responsible for taking effective action against those who perpetrate attacks.

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In an interview with the Qatari television station Al Jazeera this morning (Monday), January 15, 2001, Prime Minister Ehud Barak sharply condemned the murder of Ron Tzalah and noted that it was a terrible thing for the Tzalah family, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Prime Minister Barak said that the murder was a harsh blow to the peace process and estimated that Tzalah was the victim of despicable murderers who came with his Palestinian employees to his community’s greenhouses.

Prime Minister Barak emphasized that Israel would never accept the right of return of refugees to Israel and stressed that he would not sign any document that transfers sovereignty over the Temple Mount to the Palestinians. The Prime Minister called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to halt the acts of violence. The Prime Minister asserted that these acts are in nobody’s interests and promised that Israel would not capitulate to violence.  

 PM Barak Condemns Murder of Ron Tzalah-15-Jan-2001
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