(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 28 October 2007:
1. Prime Minister Olmert briefed ministers on his recent trip to France and Great Britain. He noted that his talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy – part of which were private and part of which were during a working lunch – were very friendly and satisfactory. The Prime Minister added that his talks with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon were also held in an excellent atmosphere.
Prime Minister Olmert said that his talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were also very friendly.
Prime Minister Olmert briefed ministers on his conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and on his meeting last Friday with the Palestinian delegation.
2. Prime Minister Olmert referred to the upcoming WATEC Israel 2007 Conference and discussed a June Cabinet decision regarding water sector reforms.
3. Education Minister Yuli Tamir, Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On and senior Finance Ministry officials briefed ministers on the ongoing secondary school teachers’ strike. Prime Minister Olmert emphasized the government’s commitment to education and to Israel’s teachers. He added: “We will not give in on the reforms that we have started to implement in the education system. I call on the high school teachers to halt the strike immediately. We will be ready to hold talks with them in the context of the reforms and in the framework of the budgets that have been approved in order to finance wage supplements.”
4. The Cabinet discussed the establishment of a committee to formulate a policy on the status of Bedouin communities in the Negev.
5. The Cabinet discussed the issue of temporary residency permits for residents of Judea and Samaria who have resided in eastern Jerusalem for a prolonged period without a proper permit and decided as follows:
Interior Minister Meir Shetrit will provide for the issuing of Israel residency permits – in accordance with the 1952 Entry into Israel Law – to residents of Judea and Samaria who are in Israel illegally, who request such a permit on the basis of the claim that the center of their lives is in eastern Jerusalem, in areas to which the jurisdiction, law and administration of the State of Israel were applied in June 1967 even though they do not appear in the 1967 census as residents of eastern Jerusalem.
6. The Cabinet discussed the establishment in Israel of a projects center for multi-national companies.
7. The Cabinet discussed Israel’s preparations for World EXPO 2010 Shanghai.
8. The Cabinet discussed the protocol on amending the agreement between the International Tracing Service and International Committee of the Red Cross.
9. Pursuant to the 1975 Government Companies Law and in accordance with Finance Minister Bar-On’s proposal, the Cabinet appointed Dr. Udi Nissan as Director of the Government Companies Authority, effective 1 November 2007.