PM Sharon to US Jewish leaders: Cease-fire violations and murderous attacks are creating an unacceptable situation
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met today (Monday), June 18, 2001, with Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders Mortimer Zuckerman, Ronald Lauder and Malcolm Hoenlein and thanked them for the US Jewish community’s support, assistance and show of solidarity, especially at this difficult time when Israel is facing serious challenges and struggles. The Prime Minister insisted that it was a primary national mission to bring one million Jews to Israel in the next decade.
Prime Minister Sharon briefed his guests on the diplomatic and security situation in the wake of Israel’s decision to implement the Mitchell report, according to its outline, and the Tenet plan for a cease-fire.
Prime Minister Sharon made it clear that he will not countenance any attempt to push Israel into negotiating under pressure of violence, terrorism and incitement and emphasized that the violations of the cease-fire and the murderous attacks are creating an unacceptable situation that will not allow Israel to maintain its current approach indefinitely.
"Pressure must be placed on Arafat in order to bring about a complete cessation of the violence, terrorism and incitement and lead to the implementation of his commitments according to the agreements that he has signed and as per the Tenet document. This includes a halt to the incitement and the re-imprisonment of the terrorist leaders who have been released and who are behind the continued attacks," Prime Minister Sharon said.
"Any concession on the issue of the Palestinian Authority’s honoring of agreements today is liable to have serious repercussions regarding the honoring of our agreements with other Arab countries," Prime Minister Sharon stressed.
||Major attacks since the Tenet cease-fire agreement took effect on Wednesday, June 13, at 15:00 (IDF Spokesman)|