12 October 2000

PM Barak: Israel will use all means at its disposal to defend its citizens and soldiers; today’s actions are warning signal to PA
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak today (Thursday), 12.10.2000, ordered the IDF to act against Palestinian Authority military and security targets in Ramallah and Gaza..

Prime Minister Barak said that a country which desires peace cannot ignore the serious lynch that was carried out today against IDF soldiers, and added that Israel – like any sovereign country – must take all measures at its disposal in order to defend its citizens and soldiers. Today’s action is a warning signal to the Palestinian Authority lest it misinterpret Israel’s restraint and desire for security and peace..

Prime Minister Barak stated that today’s lynch and cold-blooded murder of IDF reservists is a serious crime and a loss of control by the Palestinian Authority and warned that Israel will use all means at its disposal against further attempts to harm the security of its citizens and soldiers.