(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 10 June 2007:
1. Defense Minister Amir Peretz briefed ministers on the incident near the Kissufim junction.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said: "Islamic Jihad terrorists, using a vehicle camouflaged with television insignia, attempted to infiltrate Israel at the Kisufim junction by taking advantage of the special sensitivity of a country which upholds democratic values by allowing the media to function with freedom and independence in the most sensitive of areas. This was not the first attempt in recent weeks in which terrorist organizations have attempted to perpetrate attacks by taking advantage of Israel’s respect for basic moral norms. The government and the security establishment view this incident with utmost gravity.
As I stated last week, operations in the Gaza Strip will continue as long as necessary, in the relevant contexts, in order to prevent terrorist activities and attempts to infiltrate into Israel and attack its citizens, and to prevent Kassam rocket fire against Sderot and the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip.”
2. Transportation and Road Safety Minister Shaul Mofaz briefed ministers on his participation in strategic dialogue talks with the US and said that the Americans have recently shown great openness and the desire to work together by exchanging intelligence and other assessments.
3. Transportation and Road Safety Minister Mofaz briefed ministers on the danger to aviation safety, especially at Ben-Gurion International Airport, posed by pirate radio broadcasts.
4. The Cabinet discussed the issue of salary payments in Sderot and the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip and decided as follows:
A. The Cabinet approved the 5 June 2007 agreement between the government, the Economic Organizations Coordination Bureau and the Histadrut Labor Federation on the issue.
B. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to amend existing legislation so as to determine that current wage agreements will be valid for all workers whose places of residence and employment are in the area.
C. The Cabinet decided to request that the Knesset expedite discussion of the aforesaid amendments.
5. The Cabinet amended the procedures for selecting the Attorney General.
6. Defense Minister Peretz and Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh discussed the 14 April 2007 Cabinet decision in which the Defense Ministry was assigned overall responsibility for the home front in times of emergency.
Prime Minister Olmert noted that concern for the home front has been on the government’s agenda for several months in order to overcome gaps that were created over many years. He added that the government has transferred – and is transferring – considerable funds to install, repair and refurbish shelters in both the north and the south.
7. The Cabinet approved various amendments to the 2007 Banking Law (Customer Service).
8. The Cabinet amended various salary arrangements for academics and engineers employed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
9. The Cabinet discussed arrangements for vaccinating animals against rabies in 2007-2011.
10. The Cabinet discussed arrangements for combating bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2007-2009.
11. The Cabinet discussed Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s proposal to cancel entry visa requirements for Russian citizens. Staff work on this issue will continue.
12. The Cabinet approved Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s membership in the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs.