(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 3 June 2007:

1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed the situation in Sderot and the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. He noted that over the weekend, the IDF and the security forces continued counter-terrorist operations against terrorist elements and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip and in Judea and Samaria.

Prime Minister Olmert emphasized that these operations will continue without respite against all those involved in firing Kassam rockets and in planning and perpetrating terrorist attacks against Israel. The Prime Minister also discussed the Government’s steps and plans for strengthening Sderot and the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip in the socio-economic sphere and regarding structural reinforcement.

2. Prime Minister Olmert discussed the opening of Hebrew Book Week throughout the country.

3. Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni briefed ministers on security and diplomatic issues.

Defense Minister Peretz noted that in recent days there has been a decline in the number of Kassam rockets fired at Israeli territory. He detailed the defense establishment’s actions in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip to improve residents’ sense of security. The Defense Minister referred to the letter by Sderot reservists and said that he met with several of its authors last Friday. He heard their concerns and views regarding events in Sderot including the possibility that several of those defined as the city’s stronger and contributing residents might leave. During the meeting, it became clear that the authors of the letter lacked information on the defense establishment’s many activities and on the Government’s decisions to support the residents of the city.

Defense Minister Peretz also briefed residents on the situations in Lebanon and Syria.

Foreign Minister Livni briefed ministers on the 30 May 2007 Quartet statement, the 30 May 2007 UN Security Council decision to establish a tribunal regarding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and the British university lecturers’ decision regarding a boycott on cooperation with Israel.

4. In continuation of its 20 May 2007 decision regarding a special home front situation and in light of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s 24 May 2007 decision to limit the decision to 10 days, the Cabinet decided to request that the Committee extend the special home front situation until a date to be decided upon by the Cabinet.

5. Pursuant to the 1959 Civil Service Law (Appointments) and its 29 September 2002 decision, the Cabinet appointed attorney Eyal Globos as the Justice Ministry Director of Legal Aid.

6. The Cabinet approved draft legislation to extend the validity of emergency regulations regarding judicial authority and legal assistance in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip for an additional five-year period upon the 30 June 2007 expiry of the current regulations.

7. The Cabinet discussed the construction of public facilities and structures for Gaza Strip and northern Samaria evacuees.

8. The Cabinet allocated NIS 625,000 for the administration of temporary residential sites for Gaza Strip and northern Samaria evacuees. 

9. The Cabinet approved draft legislation regarding the marketing of agricultural produce. 

10. The Cabinet appointed 24 members to the council responsible for enshrining the memories of deceased former presidents and prime ministers.

11. Pursuant to Article 25 of the Second Television and Radio Broadcasting Authority Law, the Cabinet approved Communications Minister Ariel Atias’s appointment of Menashe Samira as Second Television and Radio Broadcasting Authority Director-General.

12. Pursuant to the 1988 National Parks, Nature Reserves and National Sites Law, the Cabinet approved Environment Protection Minister Gideon Ezra’s appointment of Prof. Puah Bar to the National Parks, Nature Reserves and National Sites Council.

13. Pursuant to the 1988 National Parks, Nature Reserves and National Sites Law, the Cabinet approved Environment Protection Minister Gideon Ezra’s appointment of five people to four-year terms as members of the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority plenum.

14. The Cabinet updated fees at Israel’s land border terminals.

15. The Cabinet discussed Defense Minister Peretz’s motion against the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement’s decision to support MK Yisrael Katz’s proposed legislation regarding military service by outstanding athletes and decided to oppose the draft legislation. 

16. Transportation and Road Safety Minister Shaul Mofaz briefed ministers on the recent disruption of domestic flights from Tel Aviv to Rosh Pina and Kiryat Shemona.