(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Friday), 27 January 2006, telephoned Jordanian King Abdullah II and told him that the results of the recent Palestinian Authority elections have created a new situation and emphasized that Israel will be unable to have any contact with a government that includes Hamas. He said that Hamas must disarm, annul its Covenant, which calls for Israel’s destruction, and added that the international community must put this demand to the Palestinians. The Acting Prime Minister said that they must work together in order to discuss the new circumstances that have been created.

Jordanian King Abdullah II said that the Palestinians must show responsibility and decide the path that they will take.

The two men agreed to talk again, immediately after the Jordanian monarch’s upcoming visit to the US, in order to discuss developments in the wake of the PA elections.

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Friday), 27 January 2006, telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and told him that Israel was very concerned about the results of the recent Palestinian Authority (PA) elections. The Acting Prime Minister said that Israel would not cooperate with Hamas or with any Palestinian administration that includes Hamas.

Acting Prime Minister Olmert said that the Israeli position was clear and added that it must be clear to the Palestinians that they must disarm Hamas, and that Hamas must annul its Covenant, which calls for Israel’s destruction.

Egyptian President Mubarak said that next week he will discuss the results of the PA elections with the Palestinian leadership.

Acting Prime Minister Olmert noted that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will visit Egypt next week and will discuss this issue with the Egyptian President.

The two men agreed to be in close contact and to monitor developments.