The Israeli security cabinet has held an emergency meeting in the wake of recent suicide attacks by Palestinian militants.
Israel blames Yasser Arafat for militant attacks
Below are key extracts from a statement issued following the meeting:
"The prime minister ordered the army to act ceaselessly... to destroy the terrorist organisations, and take all
necessary steps against the leaders, commanders and those
who carry out the attacks."
Israel will continue this "until it is convinced... that the Palestinian Authority
is taking real action toward the dismantling and
destruction of the terrorist organisations".
"Recent days' events have proven again that Yasser Arafat
is a complete obstacle to any process of reconciliation... Israel will act to remove this obstacle in the manner, at the time, and in the ways that will be decided on separately...
"Israel does not intervene in the question of the
identity of the Palestinian prime minister, but at the same
time we again make clear that Israel will negotiate only
with a prime minister who will act immediately to dismantle
and destroy the terrorist organisations...
"The government of Israel rejects any idea of a
ceasefire as the way to handle terrorism. Terrorism will
cease only after the dismantlement and destruction of the
"This is the duty of the
Palestinian Authority [which] will be judged only by its
actions and not its declarations...
"The cabinet also decided that the construction of the
security fence (between Israel and the West Bank) will be