Jerusalem, 20 June 2001

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet meeting today (Wednesday), June 20, 2001:

The Government of Israel has determined that the Palestinian Authority has still not fulfilled its obligations specified in the Tenet document: halting terrorism, arresting terrorists, stopping incitement and preventing attacks. The PA bears full responsibility for terrorist activities in its territory, as well as for the actions of terrorists that originate in – and return to – its territories.

Despite the foregoing, Israel will continue its efforts to implement the Tenet document.

Israel reserves the right of self-defense to prevent attacks aimed at its citizens and soldiers.

A plan for the redeployment of IDF troops will be presented at the security meeting, but it will be made clear that its implementation will only take place after the cessation of terrorist attacks.

Steps are being taken – and will be taken – to improve the level of protection in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Finance Minister Silvan Shalom briefed the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet regarding the order he signed on this matter.