FM Shalom tells Irish FM Ahern: "These attacks prove how dangerous it is to conduct a dialogue with terrorists."
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom made the following statement at the beginning of his meeting today (Wednesday, July 13) with visiting Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern:
"This is a sad day for the Israeli people, a day in which we bury our dead from [yesterday’s] criminal attack in Netanya. Once again we see how the ostensible understandings between the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist leaders do not prevent the murders of Israeli citizens.
"Abu Mazen [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] last week visited Damascus, where he met with the leaders of the Islamic Jihad, who are responsible for yesterday’s attack. He knows who the terrorist leaders are. He knows how to stop them. He has the power to dismantle their infrastructures. So far, however, he has taken no action against them.
"These attacks prove how dangerous it is to conduct a dialogue with terrorists. It is forbidden to negotiate with them or to reach understandings with them. The PA must stop talking and begin taking substantive steps against terrorism. The infrastructures must be dismantled, as must the ability of terrorism to harm us.
"I want it to be clear that we shall not return to the days of Arafat. We shall not negotiate while terrorism runs wild. Only a determined stance against violence will enable progress in the political process. We expect our European friends to join us and decide that there is no holding a dialogue with terrorists."
During their meeting, Minister Ahern said that Ireland would oppose holding a special United Nations session on Israel’s security fence, which is being called for by the Palestinians.
Minister Shalom gave his Irish counterpart a copy of the Hamas Covenant translated into English, as part of the campaign he recently initiated against Hamas’s attempts to seek legitimacy in European capitals.
In condemning yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Netanya and Shavei Shomron, Minister Shalom noted that terrorism threatens both the citizens of Israel as well as the stability of the Palestinian Authority.
Minister Ahern responded that Ireland does not maintain any contacts with Hamas nor would it agree to do so.