And here is Ariel Sharon's Statement to the Cabinet on 12 July 2004 (but of course it was meant as a Statement to the World):
PM SHARON'S REMARKS FROM START OF TODAY'S CABINET MEETING
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Following are Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks at the start of the
weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 11.7.04:
"Just over one hour ago, an Israeli woman was murdered by criminal
Palestinian terrorists and additional civilians were wounded. We all pray
for their recovery. This morning's act of murder is the first to have
occurred under the auspices of the opinion of the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. On Friday, the sacred right of the war on
terrorism received a slap in the face by the ICJ in The Hague, after it
decided that the terrorism-prevention fence ( http://tinyurl.com/2b4ld ) is
illegal and that Israel must dismantle it ( http://tinyurl.com/2h56y ).
I want to make it clear: The State of Israel completely rejects the ICJ's
opinion. This is a one-sided opinion based solely on political
considerations. The opinion completely ignores the reason for the
construction of the security fence - murderous Palestinian terrorism. It
deals only with the Israeli response - the construction of the fence, which
is the most reasonable means in the face of this despicable terrorism.
But what the ICJ judges refused to see, the Palestinians quickly showed them
this morning - murder and the wounding of innocent civilians. It is not for
nothing that the Palestinians are struggling against the fence. They know
full well that the completion of the fence will make it very difficult for
them to continue perpetrating acts of murder.
The opinion sends a deadly message that encourages terror on the one hand
and prevents countries from protecting themselves against it on the other.
Today, all who fear the spread of terror must stand alongside Israel in
demanding that this immoral and dangerous opinion pass from the world. All
civilized people for whom standing against terror is important must stand
alongside Israel and disavow both the opinion and its dangerous