Jerusalem, 1 April 1996

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday (Sunday), 01.04.96:

A. 1. The cabinet adopted the Commission of Inquiry report, headed by former Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, into the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and obligated itself to act according to its recommendations.

2. The cabinet placed the responsibility for implementing the recommendations on Prime Minister and Defense Minister Peres, and on Minister of Public Security Shahal.

3. The cabinet appointed General (res.) Rafael Vardi to head the professional team which will implement and track execution of the recommendations.

4. The cabinet thanked the Commission members, and expressed its deep appreciation for its comprehensive and fundamental work.

B. 1. The cabinet, meeting in its capacity as the Ministerial Committee for National Security, heard briefings from different sources regarding the closure and its implications on Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

2. The cabinet appointed a ministerial team, headed by the Minister of Public Security, and with the participation of ministers Yaakov Tzur, Yossi Sarid and Deputy Minister Uri Orr, to investigate the issue of supply and export of merchandise from Gaza. The team was authorized to make decisions on this issue with the knowledge of the cabinet.

C. Following recent media reports, the prime minister clarified that the radioactive waste at the NRCN site is stored securely according to the most up-to-date international criteria, and there is no security danger to the environment or the workers.

The site is constantly being monitored and has never revealed any radioactive leak either to the environment or the water reservoirs. Therefore, there is no reason to for Israel or its neighbors to worry.

Environment Minister Yossi Sarid clarified that his ministry has monitored the reactor area in Dimona over the past six years, and the monitoring has never given rise concern. Sarid emphasized that the Dimona reactor is one of the safest nuclear reactors in the world.

D. The cabinet heard a briefing from the Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office on activities of the various ministries to improve the situation for residents of the north in the civilian realm and the security realm.

E. In accordance with the proposal made by the Education Minister and Minister Amital, the cabinet decided to establish a national council for acquiring Jewish values in Israel in order to advance all aspects of education in Israel.

F. The cabinet approved a number of agreements and charters with foreign countries.