Jerusalem, 19 December 2001

PM Sharon to British PM Blair: "Arafat not acting to foil terrorism; Israel committed to genuine peace but cannot compromise on security of its citizens"
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and briefed him on the situation on the ground.

Prime Minister Sharon said that in the past three days there were 49 terrorist incidents in which four Israelis were wounded, including a young boy, one of whom is in serious condition.

Prime Minister Sharon said that Israel is fed up with words and false promises. The Prime Minister noted that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has not made a strategic decision to abandon terrorism and added that the latter is not acting to foil terrorism. The Prime Minister said that several rcent attacks were perpetrated bye organizations directly subordinate to Arafat. Prime Minister Sharon said that while Israel is committed to peace – genuine peace, a peace for generations – and will continue to be so, there can be no compromise regarding the security of Israel and its citizens.