Jerusalem, January 28, 2004

PM Sharon holds consultations ahead of ICJ discussions on the terrorism prevention fence
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, this evening (Wednesday), January 28, 2004, held consultations regarding Israel’s preparations for the International Court of Justice in the Hague’s discussions on the terrorism prevention fence.

Industry, Trade and Employment Minister Ehud Olmert, Justice Minister Joseph Lapid, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Construction and Housing Minister Effie Eitam, Prime Minister Sharon’s Bureau Director Dov Weisglass, Foreign Ministry Director-General Yoav Biran, Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon, Prime Minister Sharon’s and Defense Minister Mofaz’s Military Secretaries, Foreign Ministry Legal Adviser Alan Baker and other senior Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry officials participated in the consultations. Professor Daniel Bethlehem, who is serving the State of Israel as a legal consultant, was also in attendance.

It was decided that Israel would file a document with the International Court of Justice in the Hague regarding the Court’s lack of jurisdiction on this subject. The document will detail various issues which led Israel to construct the terrorism prevention fence, such as: the right of self-defense, Palestinian terrorism, etc.

It was agreed that a ramified information campaign would be conducted parallel to the legal proceedings, in Israel, the US and Europe.

Further consultations on Israel’s preparations for the Hague discussions will be held following the submission of the aforementioned document and after receiving the legal documents that will be submitted by other countries, in order to assess the situation.    

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