Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this afternoon (Monday), 27.9.04, telephoned the Israeli delegation to the Athens Paralympics.

Prime Minister Sharon thanked the athletes for their impressive achievements in the competitions, commended them for their courage and determination, and thanked them on behalf of the entire Israeli nation.
Prime Minister Sharon also thanked the delegation heads and coaches for their important part.

Prime Minister Sharon also thanked Education, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and Education, Culture and Sports Ministry Director-General Ronit Tirosh, who are in Athens with the athletes.

Prime Minister Sharon promised that the government would increase the budget for handicapped sports.

Prime Minister Sharon said that he is convinced that their impressive achievements are not one-time and that Israeli athletes will be similarly successful at future Paralympics.