Statements by Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom

Jerusalem, March 20, 2003

The following statements were made by Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom during the course of a meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s Iraq Task Force, which took place this morning (20 March) after the US announcement of the commencement of the campaign against Iraq:

  • Israel stands together with the American people and their allies in their campaign to destroy the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
  • We hope that the war will be swift and that the number of casualties will be minimal.
  • Israel is not a party to this war, and hopes that there will be no change in this regard. We will continue to closely monitor all developments as they unfold.