FM Peres’ Reaction to Arafat’s Speech

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
May 15, 2002

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres stated following PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s speech today (15 May) that the test will be not in words but in deeds.

According to Peres, Arafat’s speech contained a positive development in the realm of ending incitement. "These words must be accompanied by an uncomprising fight against terrorism, by a consolidation of all Palestinian armed forces under a single central authority," Peres stated.