(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Spokesman)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom welcomes President Bush’s decision of 11 May to implement the Syria Accountability Act.

This is an important decision that demonstrates US determination to wage an unyielding war not only against terrorist organizations but also against states that support them. Syria continues to shelter and actively aid terrorist organizations. Terrorist leaders continue to operate freely from headquarters in Damascus, and Syria openly arms the Hizbullah while continuing to occupy Lebanon, in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

The Foreign Minister calls upon all enlightened nations to work together against world terrorism, which threatens all of us. Only a determined, aggressive and persistent war will achieve the desired result: the defeat of terrorism.