Jerusalem, 6 June 1999

Cabinet Communique

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today, (Sunday) 6.6.99:

1. The Cabinet was briefed on security matters by the head of the GSS.

2. The Cabinet decided, in accordance with the proposal of the Defense Minister, to enact emergency regulations pertaining to essential services at Rafael, with particular regard to the strike activities of research employees. According to the above regulations, it will be possible to order a limited number of essential employees back to work.

3. The Cabinet ratified an agreement concerning a Middle East agricultural program involving Israel, Denmark, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

Of the $3.6 million program budget, $2.5 million will be provided by the Danish government and $500,000 will be contributed by Israel; the remaining funds will come from the other program participants. The program enumerates five development areas — the production of inexpensive animal feed, the breeding of sheep, agriculture on non-irrigated land, water and land administration, and; production and marketing technologies — in which seminars, training courses, experimentation and demonstrations will be conducted. Special attention will be given to the integration of women in the training courses, as well as to their advancement in agriculture-related professions. It should be noted that this expanded program was developed following the success of an earlier Israeli-Danish- Egyptian agricultural instruction program.

4. The Cabinet decided, following the decision of the Council for Higher Education, to recognize the Efrata Teachers’ College as an institute of higher education.

5. The Cabinet decided to reject the Finance Minister’s appeal regarding the 5.5.99 decision of the Ministerial Committee on Diaspora, Immigration and Absorption Affairs on granting benefits to World War II veterans. At the same time, the Committee decision was amended such that the benefits awarded, subject to an income criterion still to be determined.

6. The Prime Minister, on behalf of the Cabinet, offered his good wishes to the Israel National Team, in advance of tonight’s match against Austria — as part of the qualifying rounds for the European football championship.