The Cabinet marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Struggle against Antisemitism Day.

 Cabinet communique


PM Netanyahu reviews exhibition of posters for International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, 22 January 2012:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"This week we will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The UN decided to mark this day at the initiative of the Israeli government and then Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, and it was an important decision. It created an international framework for discussion of the Holocaust, which is certainly important in several countries like in Europe.

I was in the Netherlands last week and I was impressed that while this issue is being dealt with, it must be dealt with on a deeper level. Israel has decided to mark during the same week, the struggle against anti-Semitism, a struggle which is being led by [Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs] Minister Yuli Edelstein, in new, creative and important ways.

Yad Vashem Council Chairman Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Yad Vashem Directorate Chairman Avner Shalev are here today. Their work is making waves around the world, as is the assistance in the overall struggle given by the Jewish Agency led by our friend Natan Sharansky.

We are also marking 70 years since the Wansee Conference.  Seventy years ago at a luxurious villa on the shores of a pastoral lake in one of the suburbs of Berlin, ten senior officials of the German Third Reich met and, over breakfast, decided to annihilate the Jewish people. They also decided on the ways to accomplish this. Our friend Yossi Peled – a Holocaust survivor, former GOC Northern Command in the IDF and now a minister in the Israeli government – attended the ceremony this week.

Seventy years ago, the Jewish people were helpless. They had no ability – neither political, nor military nor diplomatic – to organize their own defense, and one-third of our people were annihilated. The difference between 1942 and 2012 is not the absence of enemies; that same desire to destroy the Jewish people and the state that arose – this desire exists and has not changed. The difference is our ability to defend ourselves and to do so with determination. The Jewish people and the Government of Israel have the obligation and the right to prevent another annihilation of the Jewish people or attack on its state."

2. The Cabinet marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Struggle against Antisemitism Day. Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Edelstein, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, Deputy Minister for Senior Citizen Affairs Leah Nass, Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky and Yad Vashem Directorate Chairman Shalev spoke.

All speakers discussed actions being taken to deepen the younger generation’s knowledge of the Holocaust, both in Israel and around the world. All speakers also discussed the struggle against antisemitism, displays of antisemitism in 2011 and new trends in antisemitism, including the upsurge in anti-Israel discourse, the de-legitimization of Israel and the use of antsemitic motifs in the framework of the events of the "Arab Spring".

3. The Cabinet approved the following appointments:

  • Eldad Koblenz as Director of Educational Television, pursuant to Article 23 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments)
  • Yaakov Hadas as Ambassador to Germany
  • Chaim Koren as non-resident Ambassador to South Sudan
  • Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker and Justice Ministry Director-General Guy Rotkopf as members of the State Service Committee, pursuant to Article 7 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments)

4. The Cabinet extended the validity of the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Provision), pursuant to Article 5 thereof, by one year, to 31 January 2013.

Pursuant to the aforesaid law and on the basis of the opinion of the authorized security officials, the Cabinet determined that the Gaza Strip is still an area in which activity is carried out that is liable to endanger the security of the State of Israel and its citizens; therefore, the Cabinet instructs Interior Minister Eli Yishai to continue not granting permits to reside and/or stay in Israel to those registered in the Population Registry as residents of the Gaza Strip and to those who reside in the Gaza Strip even though they are not registered as such in the Population Registry.

5. Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed ministers on the compromise agreement that has been proposed to the residents of Migron regarding the evacuation of the outpost. Migron residents’ permanent homes will be built near the current site, on state lands the planning for which will be arranged. Upon the conclusion of the construction, the residents will move to the permanent site. The current site will be evacuated and handed over to the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration. 

6. Prime Minister’s Office Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab, Druze and Circassian Sectors Director Iman Saif briefed ministers on the Authority’s activities and plans. 

7. Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed ministers on his recent visit to the Netherlands (18-20 January 2012).