Jerusalem, 19 March 1994

ISRAEL’S RESPONSE TO SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 904

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Israel believes that the best way to promote peace and security between Israelis and Palestinians is by resuming and accelerating negotiations on the implementation of the Declaration of Principles regarding Gaza and Jericho.

Israel hopes that the Security Council resolution will pave the way for the resumption of these talks.

Israel was first to condemn the abominable massacre in Hebron, and will continue to take decisive action against extremist and dangerous elements.

Israel will encourage any measures to restore stability in the territories, insofar as they conform with the Declaration of Principles, and will do its utmost to carry out its responsibility for the security of all Arabs and Israelis in the territories.

Israel’s position on Jerusalem is well known: Jerusalem is, and will remain, the united capital of Israel. Any reference to it as part of the territories is unacceptable.