9 April 2002

DM Ben-Eliezer meets US Envoy Zinni
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer met this morning (Tuesday), April 9, 2002, with US envoy General (ret.) Anthony Zinni. The two men discussed the security situation in the territories ahead of US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s visit and the situation on the Lebanese border.

Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer updated envoy Zinni on the decision to redeploy in Kalkilya and Tulkarm and stressed the need for Israel to continue fighting terror in all areas in order to prevent attacks against innocent civilians, especially suicide-attacks.

Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer described the severity of the situation on the northern border – which has resulted from Hizbullah’s firing from Lebanese territory – and the dangers inherent in a deterioration in this sector.