Jerusalem, November 3, 2003

FM Shalom and Italian FM Frattini discuss public opinion poll
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom spoke with Italian Foreign Minister and acting President of the European Union Franco Frattini today. The leaders discussed Israel-Europe relations against the background of the recent public opinion poll commissioned by the European Commission. Shalom said that the poll distorted reality and Frattini agreed with him.

Following their conversation, Frattini released a statement on behalf of the EU Presidency saying among other things that he is opposed to the use of polls that present a superficial view of a much more complex issue. Frattini also mentioned that the citizens of Israel face a consistent threat of terror and maintain always democratic values and institutions which are not reflected in the poll.