Jerusalem, December 16, 2003

FM Shalom congratulates Secy Powell on capture of Saddam Hussein
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Adviser)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom spoke with his American counterpart Colin Powell and congratulated him on behalf of the government and people of Israel on the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Foreign Minister Shalom said that Saddam’s capture proves that patience, determination and persistence are the only way to victory in the uncompromising struggle against terrorism and totalitarian regimes. Israel, as one of the victims of the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein, appreciates the unceasing efforts made by the American government, which contribute to the eventual achievement of regional stability and the eradication of the terror that threatens world peace.

Powell told Shalom that the United States will continue its unremitting war on terror, and that its greatest victory is the positive psychological effect that will be felt in the entire region.