(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 7 January 2007:

1. The Cabinet discussed the internal changes required in the framework of the 2007 state budget.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert thanked outgoing Finance Ministry Director-General Dr. Yossi Bachar for accepting Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson’s suggestion that he temporarily serve as Acting Director of the Israel Tax Authority.

The Cabinet decided to enact 3.5% cuts in the 2007 budgets of all Government ministries.

2. Pursuant to the 1959 Civil Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet appointed Haggai Peleg as Director-General of the Strategic Affairs Ministry.

3. Pursuant to the 1988 National War on Drugs Authority Law, the Cabinet approved Prime Minister Olmert’s appointment of Chaim Messing as Authority Director.

4. The Cabinet appointed a series of ambassadors and consul-generals in the Foreign Service.

5. The Cabinet approved the draft 2007 Political Parties Law and authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to approve the final wording.

6. In continuation of its previous decision, the Cabinet approved a project to construct a memorial at Latrun for Jewish soldiers who fell in World War II.

7. The Cabinet discussed the issue of continued subsidies for the development of industrial zones in peripheral areas of the country.

8. The Cabinet discussed the placement of temporary residential structures in the Hulot Halutza communities.

9. The Cabinet discussed and rejected Minister Meshullam Nahari’s and Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra’s appeals against the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement’s decision to approve various provisions of the 2006 Beverage Container Recycling Law.

10. The Cabinet adopted a plan to encourage agricultural exports and to reduce the shortage of foreign workers in the agriculture sector.