Jerusalem, February 9, 2004

Steering committee meets ahead of ICJ deliberations on terrorism prevention fence
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The steering committee that is discussing Israel’s position in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague’s deliberations on the terrorism prevention fence convened this afternoon (Monday), February 9, 2004.

Present at the meeting were the Director of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Bureau, Dov Weisglass; Foreign Ministry Director-General Yoav Biran; Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon; Professor Daniel Bethlehem, who is representing Israel in the deliberations; Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz’s Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. Eval Giladi; Prime Minister Sharon’s Diplomatic Adviser, Shalom Turgeman; Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Information and Media, Gideon Meir, Meir Rosen and other senior Justice Ministry, IDF, Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office representatives.

The steering committee met in order to discuss Israel’s appearance at oral hearings at the ICJ. Given that Israel’s decision is due to be delivered by this Friday, February 13, 2004, it was decided that the steering committee would formulate its professional recommendation – only after considering all of the positions and statements which various countries have submitted to the ICJ – no later than Thursday, February 12, 2004. The recommendation will be submitted to the ministerial team, which has been appointed to deal with the issue, for a decision on how Israel will act.    

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