(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the special Cabinet meeting on Jerusalem today (Tuesday), 21.8.2001:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made the following remarks to open the meeting: "We are dealing with Jeruslaem, the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3000 years, the eternally united and undivisible capital of the State of Israel, with the Temple Mount at its center. We must make the effort to strengthen Jerusalem. We have taken action to restore Israel’s full sovereignty over Jerusalem by halting the Palestinian Authority’s activities there, and that action, which we of course will continue, must be supported and strengthened by further actions, both in the eastern part of the city and the western, and all this is done for the prosperity of Jerusalem as a united city."
The Cabinet approved Prime Minister Sharon’s proposal to transfer an additional NIS 200 million to strengthen Jerusalem in the year 2001, with the money being earmarked for infrastructure, transportation, construction and housing, internal issues and tourism.
Following the discussion the following decisions were taken:
Prime Minister Sharon decided that the subject will be reviewed by the Cabinet once more towards the end of the year.
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert attended the Cabinet meeting and thanked Prime Minister Sharon and the other ministers for the above decisions.