Jerusalem, 18 July 2001

PM Sharon to Russian FM Ivanov: "Current situation is unacceptable"
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke by telephone this afternoon (Wednesday), July 18, 2001, with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, who is currently in Genoa for the upcoming G-8 summit.

Prime Minister Sharon briefed Foreign Minister Ivanov on the worsening of the situation as a result of Palestinian terrorism in general and the firing of mortars at Jerusalem yesterday and the events of recent days in particular.

Prime Minister Sharon made it clear that the current situation is unacceptable to the State of Israel and added that the responsibility for the grave situation is Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat’s. The Prime Minister emphasized that it is important that the international community exercises heavy pressure on Arafat, speaks in a unified voice against terrorism and unequivocally condemns terrorism.

Prime Minister Sharon said that Israel is not talking about a reduction in terrorism but the complete cessation of all terrorist activity in order to enable progress to be made towards a political settlement.