Jerusalem, 18 April 2001

PM Sharon speaks with President Bush
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke this evening with U.S. President George W. Bush. The conversation was friendly and very good. Prime Minister Sharon emphasized to the President Israel’s commitment to peace, but stated that our utmost commitment is to the security of our citizens.

The Prime Minister described today’s incidents: the firing of mortars at communities, the laying of explosive charges and the shots fired at Jerusalem on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Prime Minister said that in the absence of preventive steps by the Palestinian Authority, the Israel Defense Forces will have no choice but to carry out preventive measures.

Regarding the IDF’s activities in Area A, the Prime Minister said the activity was intended, from the very outset, to be of a short duration and were carried out as planned.

The Prime Minister told the President that peace negotiations would only take place once the situation quieted down, and that violence will not be awarded a prize. President Bush said the United States is doing, and will continue to do, its utmost to influence the Palestinian Authority to halt the terror and violence from its territory, and that the United States would do whatever it could to help calm down and stabilize the situation.

The two leaders agreed to remain in ongoing and close contact.

 PM Sharon speaks with President Bush-18-Apr-2001
 PM Sharon speaks with President Bush-18-Apr-2001
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