Jerusalem, 12 February 2003

FM Netanyahu on Decision of the Supreme Court of Belgium
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Following today’s (Feb 12) ruling of the Supreme Court of Belgium, Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he has decided to recall the Ambassador of Israel in Brussels, Mr. Yehudi Kenar, to Israel for consultations. In addition, Foreign Minister Netanyahu will summon the Ambassador of Belgium to the Foreign Ministry for urgent discussions tomorrow (Feb 13).

Mr. Netanyahu stated that the decision of the Belgian Court is scandalous, and that it legitimates terror and harms those who fight terrorism. "It is all topsy-turvy – those that fight terrorism have become the accused and the terrorists have become victors."

The Foreign Minister added that Belgium is not only hurting Israel but the entire free world, and that Israel will have a very stern response.