Jerusalem, January 14, 2004

PM Sharon holds discussion ahead of ICJ deliberations
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this evening (Wednesday), January 14, 2004, at his Jerusalem office, met with the steering committee and the legal team that have been appointed to prepare for the International Court of Justice in the Hague’s discussion of the terrorism prevention fence. Among those present were Acting Attorney General Edna Arbel, Prime Minister’s Bureau Director Dov Weisglas, Foreign Ministry Director-General Yoav Biran, Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon, the Prime Minister’s and Defense Minister’s military secretaries, Foreign Ministry Legal Adviser Alan Baker, Dr. Meir Rosen, the Director of International Law in the IDF Judge Advocate General’s office, and other senior Foreign, Defense and Justice Ministry officials.

Acting Attorney General Arbel and the other legal advisers presented their prooposal regarding both the State of Israel’s position in the Hague deliberations and the expected discussion by the High Court of Justice.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Biran reported on the diplomatic situation and the preparations for international diplomatic efforts.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz’s Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. Michael Herzog, reported on the security and intelligence situations.

Foreign Ministry Legal Adviser Baker gave an update on contacts with international legal experts on the issue.

Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Information and Media Gideon Meir reported on the media and information campaign ahead of, during and after the Hague discussion.

This evening’s meeting was ahead of next week’s conference between Prime Minister Sharon and the ministerial task force.