PM Netanyahu: We are monitoring developments in Syria. We are cooperating with the US and, together with the international community, are taking the necessary measures to prepare ourselves for the possibility of far-reaching changes in the regime.

 Cabinet communique

 

Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 23 December 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"We are simultaneously dealing with three fronts. Today’s Cabinet meeting will open with the south, it is quiet there – but we have loose ends to deal with on the home front, with additional grants that we will give to people and communities. By all accounts, the home front was dealt with very successfully in the last operation.

Later today I will also hold a summary discussion of the home front lessons from Operation Pillar of Defense."

We have also recently been witness to disturbances and attacks on our forces. Later today, we will visit IDF Central Command in order to closely monitor developments as well as the necessary steps to deal with each possible scenario.

We are also monitoring developments in Syria, where there are dramatic developments almost daily. We are cooperating with the US and, together with the international community, are taking the necessary measures to prepare ourselves for the possibility of far-reaching changes in the regime, with implications for the sensitive weapons systems there."

2. The Cabinet unanimously approved a NIS 9.5 million plan to boost assistance to residents of the south in the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense.

3. The Cabinet decided to extend, from 1 October 2012 to 31 October 2013, the eligibility for rental assistance for South Lebanon Army veterans.

4. The Cabinet approved a decision to implement – in all public sector bodies – the directives in the collective agreement, which was recently signed between the state and the Histadrut on improving the conditions of contract cleaning and security workers in state service.

5. Pursuant to the 17 May 2012 consultative meeting between the Israeli and Czech governments, the Cabinet decided to participate in establishing a chair in the name of Theodor Herzl at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.