CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting, today (Sunday), 18.09.94:

1. During its meeting, the Cabinet was briefed by the acting GSS head on the questioning of suspects from Kiryat Arba, and by acting Attorney-General Dorit Beinisch on the investigation of claims made against the investigators and the detention conditions.

The Cabinet expressed its dissatisfaction and complete opposition to conscious rumors disseminated last week about the conduct of GSS interrogators; the rumors were intended to create a sense of solidarity with the detainees instead of with law enforcement authorities.

The Cabinet stated that it is determined in its efforts to enforce the law with equal force against all who participate in groups committing murder or perpetrating other attacks against an ideological or criminal background. The Cabinet will not tolerate terrorism by any element, and will fight it.

The Cabinet fully supports the Israel Police and the GSS, who have succeeded in frustrating plans to murder, and are fulfilling their tasks in gathering valid evidence to prove the offenses and to bring the suspects to trial.

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

3. The Police Minister briefed the Cabinet on the scope and composition of the volunteer police force about to leave for Haiti in order to consult with and instruct the local police. The police force will be comprised exclusively of officers.

4. The Cabinet accepted, in principle, the proposal of the Finance Minister on mortgages and gave the Finance Minister and the Housing and Construction Minister, in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office, the task of re-examining the criteria for treatment of under-privileged members of the population among those affected by mortgage conditions.

The criteria will be brought to the attention of the Cabinet.

5. The Cabinet extended, by three years, the term of the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law, 5719-1959.

6. The Cabinet decided to recommend, to the Israel Lands Council, the allocation lands required for secular cemeteries.