BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST
Israeli Cabinet Minister
DECEMBER 2nd, 2001
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Well, as we heard in the news a little earlier, the situation in Israel is deteriorating once more. For the very latest we're joined this morning from Tel Aviv by the cabinet minister Danny Naveh over there in Israel at the moment. What's the latest you know about this outrage?
Unfortunately we know that ten people were killed or murdered last night, among them young boys and girls, that were killed by Palestinian terrorists over a hundred people were injured, some of them badly injured, and we had another terrorist attack this morning near Gaza another Israeli was killed by a Palestinian terrorist.
Which Palestinian terrorists? Can you tell? Is it Hamas or is - can you tell who is responsible?
It is not clear, no organisation has taken responsibility at this stage, but it is clear to us that the main responsibility is the Palestinian Authority's responsibility. The Palestinian Authority has become a terror endorsing authority. They haven't done anything serious in order to stop the terrorist on their way. Arafat refused to arrest terrorists and to take serious actions in order to stop the violence and so this is mainly Arafat's responsibility and the Palestinian Authority's responsibility that we have such kind of terrible terrorist attacks in Israel.
Does this change anything, do you think, is this a landmark or just another sad incident?
Well it's a terrible incident, I really hope that things would change for the better, from our point of view the conclusion, and I believe it also from the point of view of the public opinion around the world, should be that the Palestinian Authority should be treated as a terror endorsing authority and that it's about time that Arafat understands that he can't gain anything through the use of violence.
But is it proven that he's endorsing this? I mean it's slightly different if he just can't control the forces within his own country, although he's trying, compared to the suggestion that he's actually endorsing it.
According to our intelligence it is clear that Arafat, if he would just take the decision, if he is determined to fight terrorism, he can still regain control over the situation. Unfortunately Arafat is probably not interested in regaining control and he prefer to keep the unity of terror among his people from Hamas to the Fatah organisation, his own organisation, instead of becoming part of peace again. And this is the main problem, that Arafat could not care less about the suffering of Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Thank you very much for joining us this morning, we appreciate it.