Jerusalem, 5 December 2001

PM Sharon meets with US envoy Zinni: Israel is thoroughly committed to reaching a diplomatic agreement and peace
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met on Wednesday night, December 5, 2001, with American envoy General Anthony Zinni and US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer. Prime Minister Sharon told General Zinni that he was pleased that General Zinni had decided to stay in Israel, as we attribute great importance to his mission, and Israel is thoroughly committed to reaching a diplomatic agreement and peace.

Prime Minister Sharon asked General Zinni and Ambassador Kurtzer to convey his thanks to US President George Bush for advancing their meeting in Washington, and his admiration for the brave leadership he is exhibiting standing at the head of the free world in its fight against global terrorism.

Prime Minister Sharon told General Zinni that the government decided on Sunday night to declare that the Palestinian Authority is an entity that supports terrorism. In accordance with this decision, the Ministerial Committee for National Security is authorized to take decisions on military, diplomatic and economic issues. The Prime Minister briefed the General on Israel’s requirements of the Palestinian Authority including: arrest of terrorists, their accomplices and their controllers; the dismantling of all terrorist organizations, and arrest of their leadership; confiscation of all illegal weapons and their removal from PA territory; preventative action to foil terror attacks; and an absolute cessation of violence.

Prime Minister Sharon told General Zinni that we cannot currently identify any change in Arafat, and the terror attack in Jerusalem Wednesday morning, which only by miracle did not end with more serious results, only proves that point. The Prime Minister added that only by pressuring Arafat will it be possible to convince him to make a strategic decision to abandon terrorism and fulfill all Israel’s requirements and his commitments. Prime Minister Sharon made clear to General Zinni that Israel will continue its actions, and Arafat must bring about absolute quiet and fulfill all Israel’s requirements and his commitments.