Today’s meeting focused on a series of decisions to improve quality of life and the environment

 

 Cabinet communique

 

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(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 3 July 2011):
 
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
 
"Israel is a nation of laws, as I said a few days ago.  Nobody is above the law – and I demand that every Israeli citizen respect the law.
 
Today’s meeting will focus on a series of decisions to improve quality of life and the environment.
 
First of all, we will discuss the recommendation of the committee appointed by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to extend daylight savings time.  The proposal being submitted today extends daylight savings time from 182 days to 193 days per annum.  This will help in coordinating work schedules in Israel with those in Europe.
 
You certainly paid attention to the exhibit out in the corridor on Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan’s implementation of the Government plan to involve Government ministries in the recycling revolution.  Each one of you is invited to take a bin for glass and for plastic – and everyone can recycle on his or her own.  I commend the Environmental Protection Ministry for this action.
 
We will also continue on this issue with a series of additional decisions.  First of all, today we will establish an authority to implement the necessary action regarding the collapse of Israel’s coastal escarpment, as is happening today, to my regret, in Ashkelon, Netanya, Herzliya and in other places.  Today, we will establish the unit to deal with this issue and thus resolve an matter that has never been dealt with.  At long last, we are dealing with it.
 
Today, the Cabinet will also decide on something that is very important to the quality of life of small businesses.  Small businesses are the backbone of growth for any economy, including the Israeli economy and today, we will decide on a framework to encourage activity by small and intermediate businesses.  This is a result of cooperation between Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, and, I must say, myself.  I think that this is important and we will embark on an important path today."
 
2. The Cabinet approved the following Foreign Service appointments:
 
* Daniel Taub – Ambassador to Great Britain, and
 
* Joel Lion – Consul-General in Montreal.
 
3. The Cabinet today appointed a ministerial committee to approve a uniform formula for spelling the names of communities, interchanges, junctions and historic sites around the country.  Click here for details.
 
4.  The Cabinet today unanimously approved draft legislation to extend daylight savings time.  Click here for details.
 
5. The Cabinet decided to establish approximately 15 youth centers in the center of the country to provide – inter alia – counseling on higher education, employment and business guidance and housing advice.  Click here for details.
 
6. The Cabinet today unanimously approved the plan to encourage small and medium businesses in Israel.  Click here for details.
 
7. The Cabinet discussed ways to deal with the collapse of Israel’s coastal escarpment and decided to propose that the Ariel Sharon Park Company – under terms that will be decided upon in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Ministry – plan, implement and maintain a policy to protect the Mediterranean Sea  coastal escarpment from collapse, in keeping with the Cabinet’s 25.4.10 decision.  
8. Environmental Protection Minister Erdan briefed the Cabinet on the steps being taken to implement the "Green government" policy in the various ministries.  He noted that all ministries will receive containers for the collection and classification of various kinds of wastes for recycling.