Jerusalem, 4 March 1996

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by Cabinet Secretariat)

At the special Cabinet meeting tonight (Monday), 04.03.96:

1. It was decided that:

a. A special staff to direct the war on terrorism, with a special emphasis on suicide-terrorism, will be established.

b. All necessary means to carry out this mission will be placed at the staff’s disposal.

c. The staff will be guided by the need to prevent, punish, and strike at all centers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorism, wherever they are.

d. Adm. (res.) Ami Ayalon will head the staff, in which senior representatives of the IDF, the Israel Police, the GSS, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Counter-terrorism, and additional officials as required will participate.

2. The Prime Minister and Defense Minister told the Cabinet that he has charged the staff with carrying out a series of operational steps and that he has ordered security officials to carry them out forthwith.