Palestinian Terrorism and Violence

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
March 19, 2001

1. Immediately upon its formation, the new Israeli Government decided to put into effect a series of measures meant to ease conditions for the civilian Palestinian population. These measures are in keeping with Israel’s policy to differentiate as much as possible between those perpetrating, aiding and directing terrorist activities, and the civilian population which is uninvolved in terrorism.

2. These measures elicited no appropriate response on the part of the Palestinian Authority. On the contrary, in the past day, a wave of murderous Palestinian terrorist attacks was carried out against Israeli civilians – among them a barrage of mortar fire directed at the Israeli village of Nahal Oz, and the murder, near Neve Daniel, of an Israeli civilian, the father of six, as he drove to work this morning.

3. The Palestinian Authority has done nothing to temper involvement in incitement, violence and terrorism. While at the same time, the terrorist activities of Palestinian Authority security elements such as Force 17 (the "Presidential Guards") and Arafat’s Fatah movement have increased. Moreover, cooperation is strengthening between the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, and the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups (such as the Hizbullah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad).

4. Israel calls upon all peace-loving nations to impress upon the Palestinian Authority and its leader, the gravity of these actions and to make it clear that such actions will lead to a dangerous escalation, and that a price will be exacted from all those who harm innocent civilians and undermine the stability of the Middle East.