Jerusalem, 3 March 1996

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 3.3.96:

1. At the start of the meeting, the Cabinet stood and observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of this morning’s murderous terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The Cabinet sent its condolences to the families of the victims, and its wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

2. The Cabinet stated that Israel is engaged in a comprehensive war against Hamas and the other terrorist organizations and called on the Palestinian Authority, all Arab states and all partners to the peace process to join in this war, employing all the means at their disposal, and acting with determination against terrorism.

3. The Cabinet decided on the immediate reinforcement of the security forces operating in Jerusalem. Soldiers or policemen will be stationed at transportation stops, and in other public places as required. Intelligence efforts in the city will also be bolstered.

4. Legal measures will be taken against the families of suicide terrorists. The houses of these families will be sealed and then destroyed, and further steps will be examined.

5. Means of punishment against the places of residence of those committing attacks, and those dispatching them, will also be investigated.

6. Sources of HAMAS activity will be dismantled, with special efforts being dedicated to this mission in Jerusalem.

7. The size of the unit responsible for protecting buses will be significantly increased to 800 guards, to come from among veterans of combat units.

8. In order to forge a reality of coexistence in security and peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the Cabinet has decided to act toward the separation of the Israeli population from the Palestinian population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

9. Along the separation area and for the sake of supervision and control over vehicular traffic, pedestrians and goods coming from Judea, Samaria and Gaza to Israel, and vice versa organized crossing points will be created. An appropriate method for the transfer of vehicles and goods, in a supervised manner and by permit, will be ensured.

10. The illegal entry of vehicles and persons from the territories between these crossing points will be prevented. Those violating the law in this regard will be severely punished.

11. The supplementary budget to cover the costs of this decision, totaling NIS 287 million to be spread over a period of two years (including NIS 40 million for the protection of public transportation, as stated in paragraph 7), was approved. The Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and the Public Security Minister will decide on the sources of this funding.

12. The implementation of the above decisions will take place while honoring the international agreements to which Israel is a signatory, including the Oslo Accords.