Jerusalem, 6 March 2002

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

The war in which Israel finds itself today was forced upon it by the Palestinian Authority and by its leader, following the Camp David peace summit of July 2000.

Israel has never declared war on the Palestinians. Rather, Israel is fighting back against the terrorist organizations, in keeping with its right to self-defense.

He who initiated this war, also has within his power to halt it. However, the pursuit of a war of terrorism continues to be his preference.