(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Following is the communique from the Cabinet meeting that began last night (Monday), 9.10.2000 and ended early this morning (Tuesday), 10.10.2000:
1. The Cabinet discussed events in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, on the Lebanese border and inside the country. IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz, Director of IDF Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Malka, Israel Police Inspector-General Yehuda Wilk and Coordinator of Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Ya’acov Orr.
2. Against the background of developments and the supreme need to protect the security of Israeli citizens, IDF soldiers and the country’s vital interests, and in response to appeals from international bodies, the Cabinet acknowledges the following statement by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak:
A. Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak orders the IDF and the security forces to step up and expand their areas of activity in defense of Israeli citizens and soldiers by all appropriate means.
B. Diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on substantive issues related to the permanent settlement will resume after the violence of the last ten days has ceased.
C. Appeals for other contacts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (including on the need to halt the violence, etc.) will be discussed on their merits.
3. The Cabinet views with utmost gravity and regret the disturbances and violent incidents in recent days by Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens around the country. The Cabinet acknowledges Public Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami’s report on his orders to the Israel Police to act determinedly to halt the spate of violent acts while making a supreme effort to avoid injury to life and limb.
4. The Cabinet declares its backing for the IDF, Israel Police and the security forces and supports their activities.
5. The Cabinet will continue to do everything possible to effect the release of the abducted soldiers, as well as Israel’s other POWs and MIAs, and bring about their safe return home.
Following are Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting (Monday), 9.10.2000:
"In the last two days, very grave incidents have occurred between Jews and Arabs; I would hope that these events serve as a red warning light to society as a whole. I call on Jewish citizens to refrain from attacking Arabs and their property under any circumstances; anyone who attacks a minority living in our midst also attacks both the fabric and image of the State of Israel. I call on Arab citizens to refrain from being dragged along after an extremist minority that wants to harm the fabric of society."
Prime Minister Barak also offered his condolences to the families of those who have been killed.
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