PM Netanyahu: Global Jihad has stepped up its efforts to attack us and we will continue to operate against it, aggressively and in strength, both in response and in preventive counter-terrorism.

 Cabinet communiqué


Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo) 

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 14 October 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"First, I would like to commend the IDF’s precise action in the Gaza Strip last night. Global Jihad has stepped up its efforts to attack us and we will continue to operate against it, aggressively and in strength, both in response and in preventive counter-terrorism.

At the same time, there are increasing attempts to carry out cyber-attacks on computer infrastructures in the State of Israel. Every day there are attempts, even many attempts, to infiltrate Israel’s computer systems. It was because of this that I established the National Cyber Bureau and it is working to block these attempts by developing what I would call a ‘digital Iron Dome’ for Israel to defend against computer terrorism. Just as we have Iron Dome against missiles and a security fence against infiltrators and terrorism – we will have a similar defense against cyber-attacks. But like building the fence, time is needed to complete it, and we are working on it nonstop.

Today we are marking the International Day of Older Persons. We will submit to the Cabinet a proposal to promote employment among older people. I believe that a job is the most social thing there is for people of all ages and I call your attention to the fact that over the past four years we have added over 300,000 jobs, an all-time record, and this was during a global economic crisis that has not only toppled economies, but has increased unemployment rates around the world. Even during the three month election period, we will continue to act responsibly in order to safeguard the economy and, most importantly, to maintain Israelis’ jobs and even add to them.

Today we will also declare Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev, to be a national priority community. We are investing very much in Be’er Sheva and in the rapid transportation routes to it, to link it with the center of the country and also allow it to develop. It is developing quickly with considerable momentum. I would like to take this opportunity to note that we have an excellent partner in Mayor Rubik Danilowitz, and I say to him, thank you very much. Thank you for your cooperation and we will continue to work together.

And to the students. I would like to say something to the 300,000 students who are starting the academic year: No government has contributed more to higher education than this one. We have invested billions in higher education and there has been a welcome change here, also amidst the great crisis. We have added, we have supported, we have developed, and we wish you a successful academic year."

Education Minister Gideon Saar discussed the start of the academic year at Israel’s institutions of higher learning, next Sunday, 21 October, and reviewed the Government’s achievements in higher education.

2. Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser noted the passing of former Cabinet Stenographer Zahavit Tam and commended her work over three decades. Prime Minister Netanyahu and all ministers expressed their sorrow and conveyed their condolences to her family.

3. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to approve draft legislation calling for the dissolution of the 18th Knesset and providing for early elections for the 19th Knesset to be held on 22 January 2013.

4. The Cabinet marked International Day of Older Persons. Deputy Minister for Senior Citizens’ Affairs Leah Nass briefed ministers on the events being held to mark the day, the latest statistics on life expectancy and on the Ministry’s plans for further integrating senior citizens in the active fabric of society.

The Cabinet approved Israel’s accession to the EU’s Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe-European Research Infrastructure Consortium (SHARE-ERIC).

5. The Cabinet also approved a plan to promote the integration of the older population in the labor market in Israel in order to realize its potential for contributing to the national economy and improving its quality of life.

6. Pursuant to its authority under Article 53 of the 1965 Planning and Building Law, the Cabinet decided to approve linking the Tziporit Industrial Zone to the national gas network.

7. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to approve draft amendments to the Capital Investment Encouragement Law, the Land Tax Law and the Disabled Students’ Rights at Post-Secondary Institutions Law.

8. Education Minister Saar and Higher Education Council Director Moshe Vigdor briefed the Cabinet on the state of higher education in Israel ahead of the start of the 2012-2013 academic year next Sunday.

9. The Cabinet discussed extending assistance to enterprises that were evacuated from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria and which relocated to the Na’am Industrial Park.

10. The Cabinet decided to declare Be’er Sheva as a national priority community in order to further establish it as the urban center for the Negev by developing its Old City.

11. The Cabinet discussed assistance to senior citizens in obtaining the full benefits due to them from the National Insurance Institute.