16 November 2002

DM Mofaz updates senior US officials
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is continuing to update senior US administration officials. To this end, he has, this evening (Saturday), November 16, 2002, spoken with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and has updated both men on events in the region.

Defense Minister Mofaz emphasized the continuing ties between the Palestinian Authority and terrorist attacks. "There is no difference between Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Tanzim; they are all trying to perpetrate horrific attacks," the Defense Minister said.

Defense Minister Mofaz told US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld that, "Israel is now in the midst of a wave of terror against it and will, therefore, do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens. In no case will we compromise on the security of the citizens of the State of Israel."

Defense Minister Mofaz will tomorrow (Sunday), November 17, 2002, continue to update senior US administration officials.