Recently, three Balad MKs went to comfort the families of people who murdered Israeli citizens. We are making great efforts and great investments in order to integrate Arab citizens in Israeli society and they are building walls of hatred.

Cabinet communique

 

Copyright: Reuters

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Advisor)
 
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 7 February 2016):
 
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
 
"We are marking a year since the passing of our friend the late Uri Orbach . Uri was a wonderful minister who worked to bring Jewish culture and Jewish heritage to all Israelis, and initiated innovative programs for veteran and adult citizens. In all of these he took a proudly national approach, but on the other hand, he was open to all parts of Israeli society. I can say that every time he spoke at a Cabinet meeting, he did so at the end of the discussions and everyone listened. I think that he always had a combination of wit, understanding and a love of Israel. We all grieve over his passing and we all send our condolences to his family. We loved him very much.
 
We are in a harsh struggle between those who – like us – seek coexistence and peace, and those who seek war and bloodshed. Over the weekend, a synagogue named after the three youths who were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists was set alight. We will do our utmost to find the arsonists and bring them to justice. But I expect from everyone in the country and around the world who rightly condemn every desecration of a mosque or writing of graffiti on mosques, including the burning of mosques, I expect them to come out with the same cry against, and condemnation of, this abhorrent act.
 
The second act that we have seen in recent days was three Balad MKs going to comfort the families of murderers, people who murdered Israeli citizens. I believe that most citizens of Israel feel that these MKs do not represent them. We are making great efforts and great investments in order to integrate Arab citizens in Israeli society and they are doing the complete opposite. They are building walls of hatred. I try to imagine what would happen in the British Parliament or the US Congress if MPs or members of Congress would stand at silent attention for murderers of British or American citizens. I think that there would be a very major outcry and rightly so.
 
I spoke with the Attorney General and asked him to consider taking legal action against these MKs. I would like to examine new and reinforced legislative changes to ensure that anyone who acts in this direction – will not serve in the Israeli Knesset. I think this is an important statement as to what kind of society we want. At the same time, I will today, together with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, submit a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee. I expect all members of the opposition who are also rightly clamoring for justice in this matter to support these proposals.
 
Today, the Cabinet will vote on the Public Security Minister’s proposal regarding stricter punishment for those employing and sheltering people who are present in Israel illegally. It needs to be understood that many of the terrorist attacks that have occurred within the State of Israel have been perpetrated by people who are present in Israel illegally; therefore, we must make whoever employs them, whoever shelters them, whoever transports them – bear the consequences. This is another important step against the phenomenon of people who are present in Israel illegally. Additional measures will also be taken."
 
2. Pursuant to Article 21 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments) and article 41A of the 1988 Restrictive Trade Practices Law, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Economy and Industry Minister, the Cabinet appointed Michal Halperin as Director General of the Israel Antitrust Authority .
 
3. The Cabinet discussed, and approved measures regarding, subsiding industrial zone development costs.

4. The Cabinet decided that the Finance Ministry Accountant General shall serve a five-year term, beginning on 1 April and ending on 31 January.
 
The foregoing shall apply to the current Accountant General, whose term will end on 31 January 2017.
 
5. The Cabinet approved draft amendments to the 2016 Entry into Israel Law.
 
Against the background of the current security situation, which includes riots, the throwing of explosive devices, stabbings and other terrorist attacks, with a variety of weapons, and due to the involvement of people who are present in Israel illegally, it has been proposed that the 1952 Entry into Israel Law be amended in order to deal with the phenomenon of the illegal entry into the State of Israel.
 
The draft amendments propose that punishments for those who systematically employ, lodge and assist workers who are present in Israel illegally, be increased.

6. Acting National Security Adviser and National Security Council Chairman Yaakov Nagal submitted the national [security] situation for 2016.