Jerusalem, 12 November 1995

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

1. The Cabinet, sitting as the Ministerial Committee on National Security, was briefed on security issues.

2. The Cabinet discussed the murder of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the investigation being held as a result. The Acting Prime Minister with the concurrence of all members of the Cabinet concluded:

A. The Cabinet is neither investigating nor standing in judgment. At such difficult times, we will not turn ourselves into a commission of inquiry. The Cabinet will give full support to the General Security Service (GSS), and allow the state commission of inquiry to continue in its work.

B. The Acting Prime Minister requests that the media also allow the commission to work and the GSS to do its job.

C. The Acting Prime Minister informed the head of the GSS that he has full confidence in him.

D. The Acting Prime Minister said that as one who has enjoyed the protection of the GSS Personal Protection Unit for many years, he does not know of any group of people more dedicated and better prepared at all times to risk their lives. They are the best of the best.

E. The Acting Prime Minister emphasized that the GSS has not ceased operating and bearing responsibility in the face of security risks and the continuing battle against terrorism; the Cabinet must give them its personnel full support.

F. The Acting Prime Minister vigorously denied the statements that were issued supposedly by "Peres confidantes" regarding further dismissals.

G. According to the Acting Prime Minister, all Cabinet members joined in praising the GSS in general, and the Personal Protection Protection Unit in particular, at both today’s Cabinet meeting and at the previous one.