(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this evening (Thursday), 8 June 2006, spoke with US President George Bush and commended him on the successful action in Iraq in which Musab al-Zarqawi was eliminated.

The Prime Minister told the US President that it was an example of the way in which terrorism must be fought and added that the determination and leadership shown by the latter are the only way to defeat terrorism. US President Bush thanked Prime Minister Olmert and said that he had spoken earlier today with the commanders on the ground and had commended them on the successful action.