For the first time, the plans of the 26 ministries will be bound in one book, which will express progress and general Government planning. Long-range planning in the various ministries will facilitate a comprehensive assessment of the Government’s overall activity.

 Cabinet communique


Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 16 January 2011:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"I would like to direct your attention to the book of Government working plans. It seems to me that this is the first time that the Government has put its goals, the plans of every ministry, in a book. The only way to get anywhere is to know where you are going. Here, we are doing something that involves a certain degree of daring because we are writing, in the most measurable way possible, what we want to achieve in every ministry. I will request that the ministries present their working plans and goals to us. I have done so in my various Government posts, especially as Finance Minister. We measure the successes in relation to the goals. I am pleased to see this attitude spread to other ministries, including Transportation, Education, Communications, etc., and to every course of action that we decide upon. We want to see clear results; therefore, the Government sets goals and – publicly and transparently – measures their achievement. I think that this is a change of attitude regarding the work ethic at the ministries. I hope that this is the start of a long tradition.

One of our goals is to achieve peace and security with our neighbors in the region. The region in which we live is unstable. Everyone sees this today. We see this at several points throughout the Middle East. I would say that there is a great island of instability in the geographic expanse in which we live. We hope that stability will be restored. We hope that there will be quiet and security. We are monitoring developments. If there is one conclusion, one clear lesson that arises from all that we see around us, it is that we need to lay the foundations of security in any agreement that we make. We cannot simply say ‘We are signing a peace agreement’, close our eyes and say ‘We did it’ because we do not know with any clarity that the peace will indeed be honored. We would increase any agreement’s chances of being honored by including within it stable and solid security arrangements.

But there is another reason why we insist on peace agreements with a very strong security infrastructure and this is because peace can unravel. It could be that there are regime, and other, changes that may not be expected today, but which could happen tomorrow. Therefore, this Government’s policy is to bind peace and security together because security ensures peace and protects the state of Israel should it unravel.

Today, we submit for Cabinet approval the appointment of Yohanan Danino as the next Inspector-General of the Israel Police. Yohanan has the vast experience of 28 years of excellent service in the Israel Police. He is creative; he is a leader. I think that he could move the Israel Police forward in enforcing the rule of law, fighting crime and strengthening Israelis’ personal security. He will create not just a sense of security, but a more secure reality with everything regarding the Israel Police.

Today, we will discuss the State of Israel’s membership in UN WOMEN. I would like to commend Deputy Minister Gila Gamliel, who will present the issue; she is also leading it. We are one of the leading countries in the world in advancing the status of women. In recent weeks, we passed a series of laws increasing the representation of women in public companies, encouraging the employment of mothers, etc. I note this because in our region there is at least one country in which women are stoned and there is a general problem of women’s rights, of human rights in general and those of minorities in particular; not in the State of Israel. Whoever talks about us as an exceptional country is right, we are very exceptional in this regard. We are also an island of stability, rights and progress that others could learn from."

2. Pursuant to Article 8A of the 1971 Police Order, and in accordance with the recommendation of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, approved the appointment of Yohanan Danino as the next Inspector-General of the Israel Police, to succeed Dudi Cohen, effective 1 May 2011.

3. Pursuant to Article 12 of the 1959 State Service Law, and in accordance with the recommendation of Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, the Cabinet appointed Dan Harel as Director-General of the Transportation and Road Safety Ministry.

4. The Cabinet approved payment of Israel’s membership dues for UN WOMEN, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in order to promote Israel’s membership of its Executive Board so that Israel might influence its decision. To this end, Israel will allocate NIS 3 million to cover Israel’s membership dues.

The initiative to join UN WOMEN is the effort of Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Women, Young People and Students Gila Gamliel. A Prime Minister’s Office representative will chair a professional steering committee that will set policy regarding Israel’s participation in the organization, which is a new body that was established in the framework of UN institutional reforms.

5. Minister of Social Affairs and Social Services Yitzhak Herzog and Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry Director-General Nahum Itzkovitch briefed the Cabinet on the national plan for youth at risk.

6. A representative of the Prime Minister’s Office presented the Cabinet with the book of Government ministries’ 2011 working plans.

For the first time, the plans of the 26 ministries – including goals and objectives, the dates for their implementation and ways to measure success – will be bound in one book, which will express progress and general Government planning. The Government has undergone a multi-faceted process, in the framework of which an obligatory lexicon of terms and planning language has been applied to all ministries, a Government planning guide has been formulated, and upgraded planning divisions have been added to most ministries. Additionally, the economy’s leading consulting firms are active in most ministries in order to assist in formulating working plans.
Long-range planning in the various ministries will facilitate a comprehensive assessment of the Government’s overall activity. Publication of the book advances the principle of transparency and cooperation between the ministries. The annual conference at which the director-generals of the various Government ministries will present their ministries’ working plans for the year will be held on 17-18 January 2011.

7. Pursuant to Article 5 of 2003 Entry into Israel Law, the Cabinet decided to extend the validity of the law by six months, until 31 July 2011. The foregoing will be submitted for Knesset approval.
Pursuant to Article 3 of the aforesaid Law, and in accordance with the opinion of the authorized security officials, the Cabinet determined that the Gaza Strip is still an area from which actions are perpetrated that are liable to endanger the security of the State of Israel and its citizens; therefore, the Government instructs the Interior Minister to continue not approving permits to reside or be in Israel, under Article 3 of the aforesaid Law, to those who are registered as residents of the Gaza Strip and to those who reside in the Gaza Strip even though they are not registered as such.