Jerusalem, 23 July 2002

Statement by Prime Minister Sharon
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Tuesday), July 23, 2002, made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

"Yesterday, we struck at the most senior member of Hamas’ operational side, a man who – inter alia – reorganized and rebuilt Hamas’ forces in Samaria, in addition to his actions in Gaza.

Naturally, Israel has no interest in harming civilians and it is always regrettable if civilians are hit.

This action, to my knowledge, is one of our major successes and it necessitates all of us being on top alert.

I repeat what I have said in the past, that it will not be possible to reach any compromise with terror; terror must be fought."