Jerusalem, 9 May 1999

Cabinet Communique

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 9.5.99:

1. Further to its decision of 24.3.99, the Cabinet decided to adopt the recommendations of the directors general committee regarding the process of examining balancing and capital city grants for Jerusalem.

The Cabinet approved the recommendations of the directors general team to hold a "capital city grant" campaign for the purchase of an apartment in Jerusalem, according to the following principles: the campaign will include families eligible for government-backed mortgage assistance and it will only include new apartments in the city’s new neighborhoods. The assistance will be in the form of a NIS 20,000 grant and it will last until the end of December 2000.

2. The Cabinet also approved the directors general committee’s recommendations to put into motion a multi-annual infrastructure development plan in eastern Jerusalem.

3. The Cabinet decided to move the dangerous cargo terminal from Be’ersheva to another site. It assigned the ministers of national infrastructure, interior, environment and science the task of implementing this decision.

4. The Cabinet decided to approve advancing planning and development of a tourism complex in and around the German Colony in Haifa, and it established a directors general committee to advance the project.

5. The Cabinet approved a change in the development regions map for tourist attractions, by adding attractions for greater Haifa, Safed and Netanya to the map.

6. The Cabinet approved, under the Second Television and Radio Authority Law, the minister of education, culture and sport’s appointments of members to the Second Television and Radio Authority’s board.

7. The prime minister noted V-E Day, which is marked today, and emphasized the contribution of the Jewish servicemen who fought as members of the Red Army and the armies of the United States and Britain, as well as the partisans, in achieving victory over Nazi Germany.

8. The prime minister informed the Cabinet of the appointment of Zvi Magen, Israel’s ambassador to Russia, as head of Nativ, following the recommendation of the appointments committee, which was headed by the civil service commissioner.