(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made the following comments today (Monday), 7 March 2005, in the Knesset:

"I want to say a few words about the attack by the Palestinian terror organizations at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron (http://tinyurl.com/6aamr). This attack again underscores Israel’s unequivocal stand that in order to end terrorism, we must fight a determined battle against the terrorists, those who dispatch them and those who finance them.

This morning’s attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs was an attempt to attack Jews’ freedom of religion at one of the Jewish people’s holiest sites.

We are fighting, all over the world, for the rights of Jews to pray without being attacked, and we defend the right of religious freedom for everyone – Jews, Muslims and Christians to pray at their holy sites in Israel. We will continue to uphold the rights of all people to pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and we will not tolerate attempts by the terrorist organizations to prevent Jews from doing so.

Jews will continue to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and to live there."