PM Netanyahu: I hereby announce that Israel recognizes the Republic of South Sudan.

 Cabinet communique


Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 10 July 2011:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"Yesterday, a new state was born, South Sudan. I hereby announce that Israel recognizes the Republic of South Sudan. We wish it success. This is a peace-seeking country and we would be pleased to cooperate with it in order to ensure its development and its prosperity. Congratulations to South Sudan.

Last week, we stopped the defiant fly-in against the State of Israel. We acted methodically and successfully in a variety of spheres – diplomacy, intelligence, public security, migration control and others, in order to frustrate this provocation. And indeed the provocation was foiled. The agents provocateurs who tried to enter the State of Israel, a considerable portion of them were stopped at their points of origin, some were stopped at Ben-Gurion International Airport and some, a minority, entered the State of Israel and were detained here.

First of all, I would like to thank our many friends around the world who helped us in this matter. I also thank Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, whom I asked to coordinate the effort in Israel and who did so very well. I also thank Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Interior Minister Eli Yishai and his people. Thanks, of course, to Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and the police, and to the security forces and the Population Authority personnel. I would also like to thank all of the Government officials who worked successfully on this issue. I would also like to make it clear that Israel will continue to frustrate provocations and attempts to break through our borders, whether by land, sea or air.

Today, the Cabinet will decide on the demarcation of Israel’s exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean Sea. This boundary will delineate the area in which the state enjoys exclusive economic rights, including the right to exploit the sea’s natural resources. The area that we are talking about borders on Lebanon and Cyprus to the north. The outline that Lebanon submitted to the UN is significantly further south than the line Israel is proposing. It also conflicts with the line that we have agreed upon with Cyprus and, what is more significant in my eyes, it conflicts with the line that Lebanon itself agreed upon with Cyprus in 2007. Our goal is to determine Israel’s position regarding its maritime border, in keeping with the principles of international maritime law.

Today, the Cabinet will also decide on a project to clean up the Kishon River. We are going to turn the most polluted river in Israel into a desirable corner, a green park for the residents of Haifa and the north. I can tell residents of Israel that I believe that all Israelis will flock there. This has been discussed for years. We are not just talking, we are taking action. I would like to specially thank Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan for his leadership of the green revolution in Israel."

2. Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed the Cabinet on his visit to Romania and the Israel-Bulgaria inter-government meeting, and noted that both countries are interesting in developing their economic, security, technological and agricultural relations with Israel. He noted that the State of Israel’s relations with various states in the region, including Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria, are moving forward in a variety of areas and added that these countries’ common interests are creating a new axis in the region.

3. Science and Technology Minister Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz briefed the Cabinet on his recent meetings in Germany with leading scientists – including Nobel laureates – from around the world. He also discussed the Israeli-German scientific forum, half of whose 200 members are Israeli and half German, and noted the prestige and esteem that Israel receives in the scientific field.

4. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch briefed the Cabinet on the foiling of the fly-in this past weekend and discussed the inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation on the issue.

5. Pursuant to Article 18a of the 1989 Antiquities Authority Law, the Cabinet decided to approve Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat’s recommendation to extend Israel Antiquities Authority Director Shuka Dorfman’s tenure for an additional five-year term, effective 9 April 2011.

6. Pursuant to Article 21 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments) and in continuation of its 27 March 2011 decision, the Cabinet decided to exempt from public tender the post of director of the Government Computerization Staff Unit.

7. The Cabinet approved an amendment to the draft Courts Law, according to which binding arbitration will be used in civil claims submitted to the magistrates courts.

8. Regarding the demarcation of the northern maritime boundary of the State of Israel’s coastal waters, and its exclusive economic zone, the Cabinet decided as follows:
* The northern maritime boundary of the State of Israel’s coastal waters, and its exclusive economic zone, in the Mediterranean Sea is determined according to following geographic coordinates (on WGS84 datum):





33o  5′  39.5"

35o  6′  13"


33o  6′  23"

35o  4′  10"


336′  39"

35o  3′  3"


33o 10′  33.5"

34o  53′  11"


33o 13′  9"

34o  46′  38"


33o 38′  40"

33o  53′  40"

* A statement to this effect will be delivered to the UN by the accepted channels.
* The Foreign Minister shall have authority regarding implementation of this decision.
9. The Cabinet decided to adopt the 12 June 2011 agreement between the Finance Ministry and the Population, Migration and Border Crossings Administration, and the Contractors Association on foreign workers, and encouraging the employment of Israelis, in the construction sector.

10. The Cabinet approved a plan to clean up the Kishon River.