Javier Solana has arrived here at a critical time characterized by great opportunity alongside not insignificant risks.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met this morning (July 11) in Jerusalem with the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana.
At the outset of their meeting, Foreign Minister Shalom said:
"I am pleased to host my friend, Javier Solana, here in Jerusalem.
This is a sad week for the entire European Union, in the wake of the terror attacks in London. To my deep regret, global terror does not rest and strikes at peace-loving peoples and states. This morning, an Israeli civilian was wounded by anti-tank fire along the Phildelphi Route. This event underlines again the need to take a firm and uncompromising stand against the terrorist organizations. Any compromise, any concession or dialogue, even at the lowest levels, with the terrorist organizations grants legitimacy and support to terror.
Javier Solana has arrived here at a critical time characterized by great opportunity alongside not insignificant risks. In order to derive the most from this opportunity, the international community, first and foremost the European Union, must bring all its influence to bear on the Palestinian Authority to dismantle the terror infrastructure and prevent attacks during the course of the disengagement."