Jerusalem, 1 March 1999

Cabinet Communique

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

The Ministerial Committee on National Security was today (Monday), 1.3.99, briefed on recent events in Lebanon and along the northern border. The Committee was also updated on attacks against Hizballah targets in Lebanon, including central Hizballah headquarters in Baalbek, carried out in accordance with prior Committee decisions.

The Committee was told that the IDF is prepared to continue fighting terrorist forces in Lebanon.

The Committee shares in the sorrow of the families of the victims of yesterday’s incident in Lebanon: Brig.-Gen. Erez Gerstein, CWO Imad Abu Rish, Staff Sgt. Omer Alkabetz and Israel Radio correspondent Ilan Roeh.

The Committee strengthens the hand of IDF soldiers in Lebanon and expresses its appreciation for their actions in defense of Israel’s northern border.