PM Netanyahu: The IDF is operating, and will operate, aggressively against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which are taking heavy blows from the IDF. The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us.

 Cabinet communique

 

Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 11 November 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"At the beginning of my remarks, I would like to wish a rapid and full recovery to the soldiers and civilians who were wounded, and to strengthen the residents of the south who – with bravery and equanimity – are facing a complicated situation.

I would like to add that the IDF is operating, and will operate, aggressively against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which are taking heavy blows from the IDF. The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us. We are prepared to intensify the response. At the same time we are closely monitoring what is happening on our border with Syria and there we are also ready for any development.

At our meeting today, we will be briefed on the activities of the Israel National Cyber Bureau that we established one year ago. Israel is a significant force in cyberspace. We are advancing, mainly on the problem of defending the modern state. Just as we developed the unprecedented Iron Dome system that successfully intercepts missiles, thus we are developing a kind of ‘digital Iron Dome’ in order to defend the country against attacks on our computer systems.

We will also be briefed on Science and Technology Minister Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz’s satellites initiative. This has important consequences for the economy, for security and for science – here too Israel is achieving breakthroughs.

Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver will present us with a report on expatriate Israelis who are returning and on the many activities being carried out in this field, which are the result of decisions that we have made and the fruits of which we can currently see.

2. Minister Landver briefed ministers on the conclusion of the benefits campaign for returning residents, which was decided upon approximately two years ago and was designed to encourage Israeli residents to return to Israel. She noted that in the framework of the campaign, between May 2010 and September 2012, 29,679 residents returned to Israel and gave detailed data on the returnees according to year of return, countries from which they returned, age, etc.

3. Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania briefed ministers on the activity of the Bureau, which is a unit within the Prime Minister’s Office.

4. Minister Hershkowitz briefed ministers on the activity of the State of Israel in the fields of satellites and space and noted – inter alia – the fields in which the State of Israel is among the world’s five leading countries in satellites and space. He also discussed the development goals and plans of the Israel Space Agency including cooperation with other countries.