Jerusalem, September 6, 2003

Statement by FM Shalom on the EU Announcement Regarding the Hamas
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

"The Palestinian people must choose either the path of negotiation and peace or the path of terrorism and violence. Unfortunately, the Palestinians refuse to take the strategic decision to confront terrorism in order to achieve peace.

"This attitude is being led by Arafat, and consequently, the Government of Israel will not conduct negotiations with Arafat.

"This man is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He is a factor undermining the stability of the region."