Jerusalem, February 12, 2004

Israel not to appear at ICJ oral hearings
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The ministerial committee on Israel’s preparations for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague’s deliberations on the terrorism prevention fence decided this afternoon (Thursday), February 12, 2004, to accept the recommendation of the professional teams that Israel not appear at oral hearings due to begin on February 23, 2004.

The ministerial committee, chaired by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, decided to suffice with the written declaration that Israel submitted on January 30, 2004, according to which the ICJ has no authority to discuss the terrorism prevention fence since it concerns Israel’s basic right of self-defense.

The professional teams made their recommendations after considering the positions of major countries, according to which the ICJ has no authority to discuss this issue. The aforementioned countries, apparently, do not intend to appear for the hearings either.    
 Israel not to appear at ICJ oral hearings-12-Feb-2004
 Israel not to appear at ICJ oral hearings-12-Feb-2004
The security fence: Israel’s line of defense – MFA website
 Israel not to appear at ICJ oral hearings-12-Feb-2004
Saving Lives: Israel’s anti-terrorist fence – Answers to Questions (January 2004)