CABINET COMMUNIQUE

11 December 1994

(Communicated by Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 11.12.94:

1. The Cabinet praised the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister on the occasion of their receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, along with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

The Cabinet is resolved to continue the negotiations on implementing the Oslo Agreement, according to its decisions of 08.12.94.

2. Within the framework of the Ministerial Committee on National Security, the Cabinet was briefed on on-going matters.

3. The Industry and Trade Minister briefed the Cabinet on his visit to Europe.

4. The Police Minister and the Finance Minister briefed the Cabinet on their meetings with the leaders of Druze and Circassian local councils.

The Cabinet held a discussion on the issue.

5. The Cabinet appointed David Brodet as the Director-General of the Finance Ministry, and approved the appointment of Ron Carol as the Budget Director at the Finance Ministry .

6. The Cabinet related to the attacks on the Supreme Court and decided as follows:

The Cabinet respects the independence of the Supreme Court and will prevent any attempt to impair it or any of its judges.

The Cabinet expresses its disapproval of the attempt to form a ‘lobby’ in the Knesset against the Supreme Court and disavows the personal attacks on Supreme Court Vice President Justice Aharon Barak.

The appointment of the next Supreme Court President is the responsibilit y of the Committee for the Selection of Judges. The Cabinet will not interfere in the appointment process or in the deliberations of the Committee members.

7. The Cabinet approved the recognition of the settlement of Ein Hod.

8. The Cabinet decided the Likit area, northeast of Be’er Sheba, will be an Israel free export processing zone, in accordance with the 1994 Law on Free Export Processing Zones.