Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Statement on American Offensive Against Afghanistan
October 7, 2001
The United States has begun its offensive against the bases of Osama Bin-Laden's
terrorist organization in Afghanistan tonight. This offensive comes in the wake
of the terrible terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Over the past three days, US Secretary of State Colin Powell has kept Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon apprised as to the timing of the American offensive, and
the appropriate coordination took place.
President George W. Bush called Prime Minister Sharon this afternoon to update
him on the offensive. President Bush noted that the offensive was part of an
overall campaign against terrorism. Prime Minister Sharon wished President Bush,
the American People and the forces in the field the best of luck, and offered
any assistance that might be required in addition to the assistance already
It is important to remember this evening that the war against terrorism was,
and continues to be, the State of Israel's war. Israel has provided, and will
continue to provide, assistance to the nations of the free world in any way
they may require in the struggle against terrorism.
Israel has provided, and will continue to provide, assistance, but Israel is
not participating in the offensive.
Israel has taken all the necessary steps to maintain the security of its citizens.