Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser

Following are Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today .

„First, I would like to send condolences on behalf of the Government of Israel to the families of those who have been killed and best wishes for a full recovery to the wounded.
Today, the heart of the entire State of Israel is with the IDF forces, on land, sea and air, which are continuing to risk their lives in order to strike at the terrorists, those who seek our lives, in order to realize our right to live normal lives in all parts of the State of Israel, like every other people seeks for itself in its country.
In order for us to maintain normal lives as much as possible, even today, we must act to assist, especially the population in areas in which daily life has been disrupted as a result of the recurrent attacks by Hizbullah in the north and the Palestinian terrorist organizations in the south. We will discuss several steps and measures that the Government will take to assist residents so that they will be able to maintain normal life as much as possible.
Again, I must express my amazement at the willingness of all sections of the public, even those in the line of fire, to assist residents of the north. Such displays of mutual responsibility and partnership are deeply appreciated both by the public and by the Government.”