Jerusalem, 5 November 1995


(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

1. The Israeli Cabinet and the Ministerial Committee on Ceremonies and Symbols which convened this morning (Sunday), 05.11.95 made a series of decisions regarding the funeral and national/public mourning arrangements in the wake of the assassination of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin last night in Tel Aviv.

2. The Cabinet decided that flags at state institutions and IDF bases will be lowered to half-mast from 14:30 hours today, until after the funeral tomorrow afternoon.

3. Today, at 14:00 hours, the nation’s leaders will pay their respects to the late Prime Minister Rabin; the general public will be able to pay its respects afterwards, until 12:00 tomorrow.

4. Tomorrow (Monday), 06.11.95, at 14:00 hours, when the late Prime Minister and Defense Minister is laid to rest, sirens will sound for two minutes; all activity will halt.

5. As is customary, the Ministerial Committee assigned the responsibility of organizing the state funeral to the IDF General Staff.

6. The memorial and interment ceremonies will be held on a modest scale

(due to space limitations) at Mt. Herzl, in the section for distinguished citizens (those possessing invitations and special passes only). The public at large will be able to pay its respects at the Knesset plaza, and by lining the route from the Knesset to Mt. Herzl.

7. After the conclusion of the funeral, and the departure of those persons with invitations, the public will be able to pay their respects at Mt. Herzl.

8. The Foreign Ministry is preparing to receive the kings, presidents, heads of government, and leaders from around the world, who have announced their intention to attend the funeral.

9. Due to the national mourning, all state ceremonies and events have been cancelled. Similarly, all theaters, cinemas, and places of entertainment will be closed until after the funeral.