(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Political-Security Cabinet met this morning (Wednesday), 19 July 2006 and decided as follows:

"The Cabinet expresses its regret over the deaths of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers as a result of both the firing of rockets at Israel and Hizbullah activity, and sends its condolences to the families and its best wishes to those who have been wounded.

The Cabinet fully supports the families of the abducted soldiers and says that the State of Israel will do its utmost to bring them back home, safe and sound, forthwith.

The Cabinet expresses its deepest solidarity with the citizens of Israel as they stand at the forefront of the campaign with determination, courage, patience and unity.

The intensive fighting against Hizbullah will continue, including strikes against its infrastructure and command centers, its operational capabilities, its war materiel and its leaders with the goal of bringing the abducted soldiers back to Israel, halting the firing of rockets at Israeli communities and targets and to remove this threat from them.

The principles of a diplomatic solution to the Lebanese crisis are:

* First, the unconditional release of abducted soldiers Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev and their return to Israel;

* A halt to the firing of rockets against residents of the State of Israel and against Israeli targets;

* The full and complete implementation of UN Security Council Resolution #1559, including the disarming of all armed militias, the extension of the sovereignty of the Lebanese government over all its territory and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border with Israel.

In the Palestinian sphere, approved action against Hamas and the Palestinian terrorist organizations will continue in order to halt terrorist attacks and the firing of Kassam rockets against Israeli targets and to bring about the unconditional release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit and his return to Israel; there will be no negotiations on a release of prisoners.