Jerusalem, 17 November 2002

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), November 17, 2002:

1. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent condolences to the families of those killed in Friday’s brutal terror attack in Hebron, and best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were wounded. The Prime Minister spoke of his visit, together with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Public Security Minister Uzi Landau and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, to Hebron in order to discuss the event with soldiers and hear security briefings from commanders in the area. The Prime Minister praised the IDF, Israel Police, Border Police, security services and all those who serve in the area for their excellent work. In addition, the Prime Minister praised those civilians who fought together with the security forces against terror.

Defense Minister Mofaz and Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon briefed ministers on current security matters, referring to the terror attacks in Kibbutz Metzer and Hebron, including details of IDF actions following these events.

Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed ministers on Foreign Ministry diplomatic efforts following the attacks, and on his conversations with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and statesmen from other countries.