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The Government of Israel holds the Palestinian Authority fully responsible for these attacks. The Palestinian leadership, which for weeks has incited their people to violence, and has released scores of terrorist prisoners convicted of perpetrating terrorist attacks against Israelis, has, in both word and deed, given a clear signal to extremist elements to carry out violent attacks aimed at claiming Israeli lives. Despite Israel’s numerous warnings, the Palestinian Authority has failed to take the necessary actions that could have prevented these attacks.
The international community must bring its influence to bear on Chairman Arafat, and urge him to restrain terrorist elements operating in the areas under his control, resume security cooperation with Israel and put an immediate end to violent activities. This latest escalation of Palestinian terrorism gravely imperils our ability to bring about a return to peaceful negotiations.
I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 164, and of the Security Council.