Jerusalem, 1 November 1996

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the Cabinet meeting today (Friday), 01.11.96:

1. The Cabinet accepted the Prime Minister’s proposal to establish a public council for the "A Computer for Each Child Project" which will be implemented in conjunction with the National Council for Social Development.

The project’s goal is to help children from the weaker strata to advance by supplying them with computers, software, and instruction in accordance with the criteria and priorities that will be set. In order to implement the project by the National Council for Social Development, oversight and public participation are required.

2. The Cabinet decided in accordance with Section 18 of Basic Law: The State President to approve the President’s upcoming trip to Jordan, in response to the invitation of King Hussein.

The Prime Minister said that the trip had been previously coordinated with him and could contribute to relations between the two countries. The Prime Minister reported that, at the second anniversary of the Peace Treaty between Israel and Jordan, he spoke by telephone with King Hussein. During the conversation, the interest was expressed to strengthen relations between the two countries.

3. The Cabinet, in following up the appeal by Minister Zevulun Hammer, in accordance with Section 5 of the Jewish Religious Services Law, charged the Committee of Ministers’ Representatives with examining the claims regarding decisions on the composition of various religious councils, as was determined in the past by the Ministers’ Representatives Committee.

4. The Cabinet decided, in accordance with Section 7 of the Civil Service

(Appointments) Law 1959, to appoint the following members to the Civil Service Commission: Nili Arad Justice Ministry Director-General; Ben- Zion Dal Education, Culture and Sport Ministry Director-General; Giora Rom National Infrastructures Ministry Director-General; and public representatives Baruch Levy, Avigdor Kaplan, Ya’acov Dannon, and David Hagoel.

5. The Cabinet decided to ratify the agreement with India concerning cooperation in the areas of mail and Bezek, which was signed between Israel and India on 20.11.94.

6. The Cabinet approved the Communications Minister’s proposal for extending the appointments of members of the Postal Authority Council.

7. The Cabinet approved the Communications Minister’s proposal to appoint attorney Tzvika Ha’ozer as a the government’s represetative to the Cable Broadcasting Council.

8. The Cabinet approved as per the proposal by the Education, Culture, and Sports Minister the decision of the Higher Education Council to grant a permit to the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo to open and establish an institute for higher education studies towards earning a first academic degree.

9. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to approve the wording of the Motor Vehicle Insurance Law, 1996.