(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Thursday), 28 October 2004, at his Jerusalem office, held security consultations on the latest developments in the Palestinian Authority (PA).  The Prime Minister received a comprehensive and exhaustive intelligence briefing.

Prime Minister Sharon instructed Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to hold a comprehensive security assessment of the situation forthwith.  The Prime Minister directed that the next Cabinet meeting include a special discussion on events in the PA and that the Cabinet receive exhaustive briefings from senior security establishment officials on the issue.