Jerusalem, 18 December 2001

PM Sharon: 31 terror attacks in 48 hours; four Israelis wounded
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke on Tuesday, December 18, 2001, with US Secretary of State Colin Powell. Prime Minister Sharon briefed Secretary Powell on the situation in the field, noting that there have been 31 terror attacks in the past 48 hours in which four Israeli civilians were wounded including one seriously and one child.

Prime Minister Sharon said that the mortar firings, planting of bombs and shooting attacks on the roads continue. Arafat continues to give the green light to terrorism, is not arresting terrorists and has taken no preventative actions to foil terrorist attacks.

Prime Minister Sharon praised US Envoy General Anthony Zinni, and his efforts to achieve a cease-fire. He stated that Israel will continue to be committed to peace.