Asked how this position can be reconciled with Powell's, Minister Shalom said, "I don't think it's correct to say that Secretary Powell did not accept our position on this; both Prime Minister Sharon and I told him very clearly… We don't demand that they kill all the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. If they simply bring them to justice, take their weapons, stop their incitement - this will be sufficient. The PA must wage a clear war on the terrorist infrastructures - otherwise, we will just have a short period of a technical ceasefire that will lead nowhere."
Minister Shalom, largely echoing Prime Minister Sharon's position, did not rule out concessions such as the establishment of a Palestinian state if the PA first does away with terrorism and incitement. The dismantling of Yesha communities could also be discussed at that point, Shalom said.