Jerusalem, 17 October 2001

President Katsav condemns assassination of late Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze’evy
(Communicated by the President’s Spokeswoman)

President Moshe Katsav today (Wednesday), October 17, 2001, issued the following statement following the assassination of Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze’evy this morning, for which the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestinian claimed responsibility:

"Together with the citizens of the State of Israel, President Moshe Katsav deeply mourns the death of Maj.-Gen. (res) Minister Rechavam Ze’evy, who was assassinated by despicable and worthless assassins in a severe act of terrorism.

The late Rechavam Ze’evy was a reflection of his homeland, one of the Israeli people’s great patriots, a fighter and an outstanding military man, possessed unsurpassed knowledge of his country, and was a great leader.

We all grieve over his death. I am certain that together we will overcome. Terror will not change our path or affect our faith.

We have excellent security forces, among the best, most dedicated and most enlightened in the world; they will assure peace for the citizens of Israel and security for the State of Israel.

We convey our most sincere condolences to Rechavam Ze’evy’s widow Yael and their children and grandchildren.

May his memory be blessed."