PM Netanyahu: Until recently, Libya was a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the same Council that condemned Israel for its actions during Operation Cast Lead. Today, the true faces of Libya and its ruler have been revealed.

 Cabinet communique


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(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 6 March 2011):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"During my visit to Moscow, I proclaimed the construction of a memorial to the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany and to the participation of hundreds of thousands of Jews in that war. President Medvedev and I established a joint committee of judges. A competition was held and completed. Three well-known Russian artists won the competition and a very beautiful memorial will be built in Netanya by the seashore. The memorial was selected after many worthy proposals. I think that this will give expression to the feeling of respect that we feel for all those who fought in that terrible war to save humanity. I hope to dedicate this memorial, along with the Russian leaders who come here, to this joint historical memory, which is important for all of humanity.

Humanity does not always remember with such moral clarity. Until recently, Libya was a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the same Council that condemned Israel for its actions during Operation Cast Lead, in the Goldstone report; thus the absurdity, the lies and the hypocrisy ran amok. Today, the true faces of Libya and its ruler have been revealed. They all understand that Gadhafi is massacring his people. Perhaps they all do not yet recall what would have happened if Gadhafi had not given up his nuclear weapons project. I try to describe a world in which the Libyan ruler, the one who is massacring his own people and does not respect human rights, would be armed with nuclear weapons; who knows what might have happened.

Indeed, there is another regime that massacres its people, tramples human rights and exports terrorism around the world, and this regime is developing nuclear weapons. This regime is that of the ayatollahs in Iran. And to the same degree that there is moral clarity today regarding the need to warn the Libyan ruler and his people against perpetrating crimes against humanity and abusing its people, I think that there must be the same determined international action against the tyrannical and brutal regime in Iran. This is not just for the rights of the Iranian people but for the security of the entire world."

2. Prime Minister Netanyahu reported on his meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, and made it clear that the two countries are advancing a bilateral free trade agreement and an agreement against double taxation. The Prime Minister also reported on possible bilateral cooperation in the fields of solar energy, seawater desalination and agriculture, among others, and on the diplomatic issues that came up in his talks with the Chilean President.

3. Acting Social Affairs and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz briefed ministers on the social workers; strike and the attempts to reach a solution.

4. The Cabinet approved the following Foreign Service appointments:

  • Ron Prosor as Ambassador to the UN;
  • Alon Ushpiz as Ambassador to India and non-resident ambassador to Sri Lanka;
  • Dan Eshbel, as Ambassador to Finland and non-resident Ambassador to Estonia;
  • Chaim Shacham, as Consul-General in Miami;
  • Ilan Mor as Ambassador to Hungary; and
  • Dan Shacham as non-resident ambassador to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (He serves in Israel at the Foreign Ministry Africa Division).

5. The Cabinet decided to allow the Israel Electric Corporation – along with another body – to establish a company to use the IEC’s fibre optic telecommunications network in order to provide telecommunications services. Click here  for additional details.

6. The Cabinet discussed the continued implementation of the 1998 Freedom of Information Law (Increasing Transparency in Public Bodies).