PM Netanyahu: Regarding events in the south, the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.

 Cabinet communique

 

Iarael Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 24 June 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"Regarding events in the south, the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us  and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.

Tomorrow, another plane will leave for South Sudan. Two additional planes will leave next week. I note that in the wake of our decision a few weeks ago any infiltrator who sits on the border and waits for a bus to take him to Tel Aviv will now be taken to years of detention. This is already making itself felt.

At the same time, we are completing 190 kilometers of fence this week. The section around Eilat, which we thought would take more time, is being built quickly. Therefore, the combination of these things, including fines and punishments for those who employ illegal infiltrators, I think has begun to reverse the trend, and we will solve this problem."

2. Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and Defense Minister Ehud Barak discussed the security events that occurred last week in southern Israel, including the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at communities in the south and the need to solve problems regarding the defense of the communities.

3. Pursuant to the 1986 Security Service Law, the Cabinet approved the annual directive regarding the service of IDF personnel in various security-related posts in the education, health and immigrant absorption systems. Click here for additional details.

4. Pursuant to its 22 August 2010 and 31 October 2010 decisions, the Cabinet decided to extend the plan regarding education in Lod for the next two academic years and to allocate NIS 22 million to this end.

5. The Cabinet instructed Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to coordinate on the formulation – within 45 days – of a memorandum to amend Basic Law: The State Economy  and Basic Law: The Knesset , and a memorandum to amend the 1985 legislation on the budget, as per the Cabinet’s intention to submit a biannual budget for 2013.

6. The Cabinet was briefed by senior Jewish People Policy Planning Institute officials on the Institute’s upcoming Annual Assessment for 2011-2012.

JPPPI Board members Stuart Eizenstat and Dennis Ross briefed ministers on the challenges facing the Jewish People and the State of Israel in light of the geopolitical changes in the Middle East and the changes that have taken place in the international system especially given the rise of new forces such as China, India and Brazil. The two also discussed the need for the State of Israel to adapt in light of these changes.

JPPPI Fellow Brig.-Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog briefed ministers on the Institute’s project to fight delegitimization.

JPPPI President and Founding Director Avinoam Bar-Yosef presented the Institute’s main recommendations.

7. Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Orit Noked briefed ministers on her recent trip to Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. She discussed her meetings with government leaders and the willingness of these countries to accept Israeli assistance in alleviating distress vis-à-vis providing food for their populations.