"Violence is a kind of terrorism; we must deal with it as we deal with terrorism." 

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following are Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s remarks at the start of the meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Prevention of Violence today (Monday, October 10, 2005):

“I asked to attend today’s meeting, even though I am not a member of the committee, in order to underscore the importance that I attribute to this issue.

Last weekend, we witnessed the awful murder of an innocent person. The murder of IDF Golani Brigade soldier Nidal Mansour, like other cases, was in vain and was without any reason or justification.

This violence is a kind of terrorism; we must deal with it as we deal with terrorism.  This phenomenon cannot be countenanced and we will put a stop to it. We will make decisions that will ease the police’s and judiciary’s struggle against violence in Israeli society and we will give them better tools to fight this phenomenon in all its aspects – from personal security and youth violence to violence on the roads.

As we have previously announced, the struggle against violence – alongside the struggle against poverty – will have a very important place on the national agenda in the coming year and in the next government. I expect to hear the committee’s recommendations and I can assure you all that this will not be the last discussion that we will hold on the issue. As in the war on terrorism, results will not come in a day; but just as we have proven that we know how to fight terrorism, I promise you that we will deal with violence.”