(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Tuesday), 6 February 2007, today decided to appoint Prof. Daniel Friedmann as Justice Minister.

Prime Minister Olmert decided on the appointment after consulting with senior jurists. The Prime Minister views Prof. Friedmann as the most suitable person to serve as Justice Minister.

Prof. Friedmann, a world-class jurist, will diligently work to continue strengthening the rule of law in the country, improve law enforcement, fight crime and corruption, improve service to the public and shorten the waiting time in the judicial system.

The Cabinet, the President of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General have been informed of the Prime Minister Olmert’s decision.

The Cabinet will convene in special session this evening to approve the appointment, which will be submitted to the Knesset plenum tomorrow (7 February).

Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat:

The Cabinet this evening (Tuesday), 6 February 2007, met in special session and decided as follows:

1. Pursuant to Article 15 of Basic Law: The Government and in accordance with the proposal of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Prof. Daniel Friedmann will join the Government as a minister.

2. Pursuant to Article 31A of Basic Law: The Government, Minister Daniel Friedmann will serve as Justice Minister in place of Minister Tzipi Livni, who will continue to serve as Foreign Minister.

The foregoing will be submitted for Knesset approval as required by Basic Law: The Government.