CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by Cabinet Secretariat) 28 May 1995

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 28.05.95:

1. At the start of the meeting, the Cabinet marked Jerusalem Day by holding a special discussion, with the participation of the Mayor of Jerusalem, and deciding as follows:

On Jerusalem Day, marking the 28th anniversary of the city’s reunification, and on the threshold of the 3000th year of its establishment as the capital of the Jewish people, the Cabinet notes with satisfaction the impressive growth and development of the city since its reunification.

The Cabinet bows its head in remembrance of the IDF soldiers and members of the security forces who fell in the battle for Jerusalem. May their memory be blessed.

The Cabinet will act to strengthen the status of united Jerusalem as the exclusive capital of Israel, and will fight any attempt to impair this status.

The Cabinet, in cooperation and coordination with the Municipality of Jerusalem, will do its utmost for the continued strengthening and prosperity of Jerusalem for the welfare of all its residents of all nations and religions.

The Cabinet endorses the celebrations marking 3000 years since the establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, and will cooperate fully with the Municipality of Jerusalem to ensure their success.

2. The Cabinet held an extended discussion on the matter of traffic accidents and the war against them. During the discussion, the Cabinet was briefed by ministers (Transportation, Justice, Police and Education) and experts involved on the issue. In light of the fact that the central cause of traffic accidents is the human factor drivers and pedestrians the Cabinet decided to concentrate on this particular issue, in the areas of police presence, enforcement, more severe punishment and education.

It was resolved that:

A. Traffic accidents are a phenomenon accompanying the rapid development of many countries, including Israel. The Government of Israel is obligated to limit, as much as possible, the scope of this phenomenon and the Government is determined to do so.

Since the human factor is involved in the overwhelming majority of these accidents (over 80% of the time), it is necessary to focus treatment of these accidents on this factor through both short-term and long-term activities, primarily in the area of education.

B. The Ministries of Police, Justice and Transportation will intensify their law enforcement efforts on the roads, will demand more stringent punishments for offenders, as well as the immediate administrative invalidation of traffic offenders’ drivers’ licenses.

Special emphasis will be put, already in the short-term, on increasing supervision of both intoxicated and young drivers, by focussing enforcement and deterrence efforts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in entertainment-oriented areas.

C. The number of policemen, prosecutors and judges dealing with the enforcement of traffic laws will be increased, and the Ministers of Finance, Justice, Police and Transportation will present the Cabinet within one month with a plan to bolster law enforcement, as well as the budgets and sources of funding required for this.

D. The Ministers of Transportation, Justice and Police will submit, to the Cabinet, proposals for necessary legislative amendments in order to make the war on traffic accidents more effective.

E. The Cabinet takes note of Ministers’ reports on the activities of each ministry within the framework of the war on traffic accidents.

3. The Cabinet decided, in accordance with Section 12 of the Civil Service Law, 1959, to appoint Zvi Alderoti as Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, in place of Shimon Sheves, who is leaving the position.

The appointment will take effect on 1.6.95.

4. The Cabinet decided to ask the Minsters of Energy and Infrastructure, Finance and Justice to submit a bill on the structure of the electricity market to replace the 1927 ordinance on electricity tenders for the Cabinet’s approval, and to ensure the position of the Public Services Authority (which it seeks to create) in the bill.

5. The Cabinet decided that, within the framework of a discussion on Amendment #42 to the Planning and Construction Law, it will raise a reservation according to which the effect of the Planning and Construction Procedures Law (Emergency Provision), 1990 will be extended until 31.12.95, in order to prevent severe instability in the area of planning and construction during the period between the expiry of the emergency provision and the conclusion of legislative processes relating to Amendment #42, and the required preparations thereafter.