The Cabinet declares the State of Israel’s full commitment to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions and to the international activity in the struggle against Iran’s nuclear program.

 Cabinet communique

 

Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 17 April 2011:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"Before the onset of the Sabbath this past Friday, we were informed of the American decision to approve the $205 million necessary for additional development of the Iron Dome system. I think that this is a very welcome decision in and of itself. Iron Dome is one of the components in our active defense and it is clear that we welcome this. But we also welcome the deep commitment of the American people, the Congress and the administration to the State of Israel."

2. Pursuant to the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments) and the 1988 Restrictive Trade Practices Law, and in accordance with the recommendation of Industry, Trade and Employment Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the Cabinet appointed Prof. David Gilo as head of the Israel Antitrust Authority.

3. Pursuant to the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments) and in accordance with the proposal of Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, the Cabinet appointed Michal Abadi-Boiangiu as Finance Ministry Accountant-General.

4. Pursuant to the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet approved the appointment of attorney Raz Nazari as Deputy Attorney General (Criminal Division), for an eight-year term, effective 1 June 2011.

5. Pursuant to the 1965 Israel Broadcasting Authority Law, the Cabinet appointed Esti Applebaum Polani as IBA Deputy Chairwoman.

Pursuant to Article 14a of the 1965 Israel Broadcasting Authority Law, the Cabinet five members of the IBA Plenum to the IBA Executive Board: Yaakov Naveh, Geula Avidan, Lena Kreindlin, Yaakov Borovsky and Yoav Horowitz.

6. The Cabinet today approved Israel’s membership in the European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN.

CERN is the largest scientific organization of its kind in the world, in the field of physics, and it has created the most sophisticated, advanced and expensive scientific infrastructure in the world in the field of particle acceleration and "Big Science." Israel’s membership in the organization is a step of the highest scientific, industrial and diplomatic significance.
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that joining CERN was a great scientific and diplomatic achievement for Israel: "This achievement reflects the latent capabilities of Israeli scientists and constitutes recognition of their ability. Israel is joining an exclusive club, which provides unusual visibility, exposure, prestige and international status."

7. The Cabinet decided on steps in the framework of the struggle against Iran’s nuclear program:

The Cabinet declares the State of Israel’s full commitment to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2008), 1747 (2008), 1803 (2009) and 1929 (2010), and to the international activity in the struggle against Iran’s nuclear program.

The Cabinet declares that Israel is a party to the efforts of countries in the international community to adopt legislation imposing broad sanctions on Iran in the framework of the struggle against the latter’s nuclear program.

The Cabinet decides to establish an inter-ministerial committee to advise the Government on the necessary steps in the framework of the struggle against Iran’s nuclear program. Click here for further details.

8. The Cabinet today (Sunday), 17 April 2011, approved the allocation of NIS 19 billion for transferring IDF bases from the center of the country to the Negev.

The move will continue until 2018. Intelligence Corps units and bases will move to the Lakit-Omer installation; communications bases will move to the scientific park in Be’er Sheva. Financing for the move will be as follows: The Finance Ministry will allocate NIS 9 billion, and the Defense Ministry NIS 4 billion. The remaining NIS 6 billion will be provided for from returns on the marketing of the lands of the evacuating bases in the center of the country.

The move will evacuate land in the center of the country upon which it will be possible to build tens of thousands of housing units.  This will facilitate the creation of thousands of new jobs and the transfer of quality populations to the Negev where they will contribute to the social development of the area.

The process of transferring IDF bases to the Negev is in keeping with the Government’s goals of advancing and strengthening the periphery and its previous decision to allocate NIS 27 billion to the national roads project, in the framework of which highways and rail lines to the Negev will be expanded.