(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this afternoon (Sunday), 11 July, 2004, consulted with Industry, Trade and Employment Minister Ehud Olmert, Justice Minister Joseph Lapid, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Attorney General Meni Mazuz and various other senior officials regarding the opinion by the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ).

Prime Minister Sharon directed that construction of the separation fence continue in accordance with the guidelines determined in the High Court of Justice’s 30 June, 2004 decision and that the struggle against the opinion of the ICJ be continued by all diplomatic and legal means.

Prime Minister Sharon asked Attorney General Mazuz and Justice Ministry representatives to present him with a legal analysis of the ICJ’s opinion as soon as possible, as well as recommendations regarding what steps – including legal – the political leadership might take.

Prime Minister Sharon thanked Ministers Olmert, Lapid, Shalom and Netanyahu for their media appearances regarding the ICJ’s opinion.