FM Peres to German FM Fischer: Europe must condemn Palestinian terrorism

(Communicated by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres’ Bureau)
May 9, 2001

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met today (Wednesday), 9.5.2001, in Berlin, with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and told him that Israel demands that Europe issue a clear, unequivocal and unconditional declaration against Palestinian terrorism. Without such a declaration, the terrorism is liable to continue, forestalling any possibility of diplomatic negotiations.

Foreign Minister Peres briefed his German counterpart on the shocking overnight murder of Yakov Natan Mandel and Yosef Ishran. "It does not seem to me that there has been any change in the Palestinian position," Peres said. He accused Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat of not acting to halt the terrorism, apparently out of the mistaken belief that he can thereby pressure Israel, while talking peace in order to win European and American admiration.

Foreign Minister Peres said the position of several European countries is being interpreted by Arafat as if the terrorism was tolerable. This frustrates its cessation and causes pain and suffering to both sides.