FM Shalom condemned the terrorist bombing of Australia’s Embassy in Jakarta.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Silvan Shalom, today condemned the terrorist bombing of Australia’s Embassy in Jakarta in which eleven innocent people lost their lives, and over 150 were wounded.

Calling the bombing "a cowardly attack on a peaceful nation," Foreign Minister Shalom extended on behalf of the government of Israel his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Australian and Indonesian governments and people, as well as his best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

"This attack serves as a terrible reminder of the brutal nature of the terrorist campaign against the very fabric of international society. Israel, a nation which has suffered greatly at the hands of the terrorists, stands today as one with the Australian and Indonesian peoples."

Foreign Minister Shalom called on all members of the international community to redouble their collective efforts to cut off all channels of financial, operational, moral and political support to the terrorists. Only through united and determined international action will the terrorists be defeated.

Following is Foreign Minister Shalom’s letter to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer:

Jerusalem, 9 September 2004

H.E. Alexander Downer
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canberra

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to convey to you my deep shock over today’s terrorist attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

Israel categorically condemns this cowardly attack. As a nation which has suffered greatly at the hands of the terrorists, Israel stands today as one with the Australian and Indonesian peoples. Please extend my condolences to the bereaved families and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

As we have discussed many times, it is clear that the terrorists seek through attacks like this not only to challenge the will and determination of peace-loving nations across the globe, but also to undermine the very fabric of international society itself. Far from deterring Australia from its leading role in the global coalition against terror, I know that this attack will only serve to reinforce your resolve to continue your courageous stance.

The international community must remain united and determined in our battle against this enemy, and we must redouble our collective efforts to cut off all channels of financial, operational, moral and political support that it receives.

Once again, please accept my profound sentiments of solidarity and sympathy at this difficult time.

Yours Sincerely,
Silvan Shalom