Jerusalem, 2 November 2002

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

Former IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz has, this evening (Saturday), November 2, 2002, acceded to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s request and accepts the post of Defense Minister. The Prime Minister intends to submit the appointment for Knesset approval on Monday, November 4, 2002.

Prime Minister Sharon said that he is sure that Lt.-Gen. (res.) Mofaz’s rich experience will aid him in successfully fulfilling his position at this difficult time.