CABINET COMMUNIQUE Israel will work to remove Arafat
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Thursday, September 11, 2003 9:41 PM
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has today (Thursday), 11.9.2003. instructed the
security forces to act relentlessly, continuously and determinedly to
eliminate the terrorist organizations and take all appropriate measures
against their leaders, commanders and operatives until their criminal
activity is halted.
The aforementioned activity will continue night and day, uninterruptedly,
until such time as the Israeli government is satisfied that the Palestinian
Authority is taking tangible steps to dismantle and eliminate the terrorist
Events of recent days have reiterated and proven again that Yasser Arafat is
a complete obstacle to any process of reconciliation between Israel and the
Palestinians. Israel will work to remove this obstacle in a manner, and at
a time, of its choosing.
Israel is not interested in the question of the identity of the Palestinian
Prime Minister; however, Israel must underscore its position that it will
negotiate only with a Prime Minister who acts immediately to dismantle and
remove the terrorist organizations, implements and carries out full reforms
of the Palestinian Authority, and fully upholds the other commitments that
the Palestinian Authority has taken upon itself according to the roadmap, as
it has been adopted by the Israeli government.
The Israeli government rejects any idea of a ceasefire as a way of dealing
with terror; terror will stop only after the terrorist organizations have
been dismantled and liquidated. This is the obligation of the Palestinian
Authority and it will be judged solely by its actions and results, not by
its statements and declarations.
To these ends, the Cabinet authorizes Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to use
such military forces as may be necessary for increased activity against the
terrorist organizations; the Cabinet further directs that the necessary
means for the foregoing be put at the disposal of the security forces.
The Cabinet has decided to accelerate the construction of the security