Jerusalem, 21 March 2002

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

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Bureau has tonight (Thursday), March 21, 2002, following consultations, released the following statement:

"It is Arafat who is solely responsible for the continuation of murderous terrorist attacks. Arafat has done nothing up until now to advance the cease-fire and he is acting – whether covertly or through inability – to torpedo the mission of General (ret) Zinni. Israel will be unable – for long – to persist in a unilateral effort to implement the Tenet document. This must be clear to all who expect a change of direction on the part of the Palestinian Authority, i.e. a halt to violence and terror."