New York, November 28, 2003

Israel’s Reaction to the UN Secretary General’s Report on the Security Fence
(Communicated by the Israel Mission to the UN)

The convening of an Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly – a mechanism originally established to safeguard global security – has today been cynically exploited yet again in order to denounce Israel over the establishment of a security fence, which serves Israel as a fundamental means of self-defense. Unfortunately, the convening of the Emergency Special Session has, in essence, rewarded those who seek to use terrorism in order to advance their political goals.

As noted in the Secretary General’s report just released, the security fence established by Israel is meant to protect the lives of Israeli citizens threatened by an onslaught of Palestinian terrorist attacks. It is not only Israel’s right, but also its obligation, to use every legal means at its disposal in order to defend the lives of its citizens. The fence is a non-violent self-defensive security measure meant to protect innocent lives, and not a political measure meant to unilaterally establish new facts on the ground, as some have disingenuously claimed. Experience has proven unequivocally that in those areas in which the security fence has been erected, the number of terrorist attacks has been dramatically reduced.

Israel fundamentally rejects the abhorrent propaganda campaign, which seeks to distort and misrepresent the true purpose of the fence. The fence is an efficient and non-violent means of self-defense, which has proven itself effective in stemming the wave of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. As long as the Palestinian leadership refuses to pursue a substantial and concentrated effort to confront the terrorists, Israel has no alternative but to establish the fence in order to protect its citizens.

   
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