Acting PM Olmert Holds Discussion on Policy Regarding Hamas Following
Swearing-in of Palestinian Government(Communicated by the Prime Minister's
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Sunday), 9.4.06, held a discussion
on policy regarding Hamas following the swearing-in of the Palestinian
government. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni,
Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra, Minister Tzahi Hanegbi, IDF
Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, ISA Director Yuval Diskin, GOC
Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yedlin, Coordinator of Government Activities in
the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yosef Mishlav, National Security Council Chairman
Giora Eiland were among those attending.
Defense Minister Mofaz presented the security establishment's
recommendations on steps Israel should take in the wake of the rise of the
Hamas regime. Foreign Minister Livni presented the international
Acting Prime Minister Olmert summarized the discussion as follows:
* Israel will not hold ties with the Palestinian Authority, which is a
hostile authority, and will act to prevent the administrative establishment
of the Hamas government.
* The Palestinian Authority is one authority and does not have two heads;
links with it will be reduced and no ties will be held with it. There will
be no personal disavowal of the Palestinian Authority Chairman.
* Foreign visitors who meet with Hamas officials will not be received for
meetings with Israeli officials.
* Israel will coordinate with the international community regarding
humanitarian assistance for the needs of the Palestinian population, not via
the Palestinian Authority establishment.
* Subject to security considerations, the Gaza Strip crossings will be open
in order to allow the entry of humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip.
Acting Prime Minister Olmert announced that these recommendations will be
submitted for Cabinet approval soon.