Jerusalem, 9 January 2002

PM Sharon to US Secy. of State Powell: Kerem Shalom attack direct result of PA’s failure to deal with terrorist infrastructure
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke on Wednesday evening, January 9, 2002, with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and briefed him on the situation on the ground, including the attack which occurred yesterday morning near Kerem Shalom in which four IDF soldiers were killed. The Prime Minister said that the attack was the direct result of the Palestinian Authority’s failure to deal with the terrorist organizations’ infrastructure.

Prime Minister Sharon said that whoever thought that agreements between the PA and the terrorist organizations would make it possible to control the latter, was mistaken.

Prime Minister Sharon expressed his regrets over the crash of a US plane in Pakistan.