Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held a meeting in his Jerusalem office, on the issue of law enforcement against the phenomena of
violence and refusal.
Attending the meeting were Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra, Attorney General Meni Mazuz, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon, ISA Director Avi Dichter, Israel Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinski, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Dan Harel and other officials.
Prime Minister Sharon said: “Recently, there have been increasing incidents of serious violations of the law, incitement, and calls for refusal by segments of the population in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and other areas.
Instances of violence against police officers and soldiers, as well as the phenomenon of refusal or calls for refusal by public figures, constitute a genuine danger to the rule of law and create an unacceptable reality that cannot be countenanced.
At stake here is the all-important issue of the Government’s ability to enforce properly made decisions on this or that dissatisfied minority.
We must make every effort to prevent these dangerous phenomena and we must
act together and foster cooperation between government ministries, the IDF,
the Israel Police, the ISA and the law enforcement authorities.”
Prime Minister Sharon added the involvement of soldiers in politics must be
prevented and said that information campaigns must be carried out in the various military units to the effect that severe and immediate steps will be taken against those who sign statements of refusal. The Prime Minister
emphasized that the Disengagement Plan would be fully implemented and said
that the various networks must take steps to ensure that this complex move is carried out as easily as possible.
Prime Minister Sharon said that civilians must not be tried in military courts.
Prime Minister Sharon said that if it becomes clear that the State of Israel
cannot resolve such problems, this could severely harm both the rule of law
and the democratic character of the State of Israel.