2 June 2001
Political-Security Cabinet Communique
1) The Government of Israel sends its condolences to the bereaved
families and its wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded of
last night's heinous attack.
2) The Government of Israel has determined that the Palestinian
Authority (PA) and Chairman Arafat are engaged in terrorist
activity, encourage it and are inciting to hatred and violence.
The PA has not only violated all the obligations and agreements
to fight the terrorist and incitement infrastructure, but its
members are themselves engaged in terrorism and incitement.
The PA has established in its territory a coalition of terror,
and is attempting to disguise it with words of peace as lip
service to the international community, while continuing to
incite its people to hatred and violence.
The violent Palestinian attack against Israel came after
far-reaching Israeli proposals for peace were rejected.
3) Israel holds the PA responsible for the deterioration and will
draw the security and political conclusions from its conduct.
4) Terrorism is abominable. It is aimed at the indiscriminate
killing of innocent people. Israel calls upon the international
community to take action that will clarify that terrorism has a
political price and that the community of nations does not accept
terrorism as a legitimate means.
Countries and organizations which condone terrorism should not be
acceptable members of the international community.
Terrorism and radicalism are a threat to regional stability.
There is not, and can never be, any compromise with terrorism.
5) Israel will act to protect the lives of its citizens and will
take every necessary step toward this end.
6) Israel has accepted the Mitchell Report and announced a
unilateral cease-fire. Our steps to break this cycle of violence
have not received any comparable response by the PA, but rather
have been answered with increased incitement and heinous acts of
terrorism against Israeli citizens.
7) The people of Israel have demonstrated tenacity and national
unity in this cycle of violence that has been imposed upon us. We
have confronted this challenge, like every other challenge forced
upon us in the past by our enemies, without being deterred by
threats and killings.
8) Israel is a peace-seeking nation, and the State of Israel has
made significant concessions for peace. Only if the Palestinian
Authority puts an end to terrorism and incitement, and takes
action against the terrorist infrastructure in its territory,
including the arrest of terrorists, can it be a partner to the