Jerusalem, 14 March 2002

Ramallah: Prime Minister’s Office Statement
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Thursday), March 14, 2002, directed Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to redeploy IDF forces around Ramallah upon the successful conclusion of the IDF operation there.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the results of the IDF operations and the performance of the forces on the ground. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that these results will advance the diplomatic effort to secure a complete cease-fire forthwith.