Jerusalem, 20 November 1994


(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today, (Sunday) 20.11.94:

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

2. The Foreign Minister briefed the Cabinet on various political matters.

3. The Tourism Minister briefed the Cabinet on the tourism fair in Lisbon and the conference of travel agencies in Madrid.

4. The Agriculture Minister briefed the Cabinet on fruit and vegetable prices and their influence on the rise in the Consumer Price Index.

5. The Cabinet ratified the Basel Treaty on supervising the movement of dangerous waste products between borders and their removal.

6. The Cabinet ratified a health and medical cooperation agreement with China.

7. The Cabinet discussed the demand to appoint a state commission of inquiry to investigate the disappearance of Yemenite children and reached the following decisions:

A. There is no need for legislation in order to establish a commission of inquiry because the Cabinet has the authority to appoint a commission of inquiry.

B. The delay in the Cabinet’s decision on this matter stems from the fact that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir appointed an investigatory committee, headed by retired Judge Moshe Shlagi, which examined this issue for several years, finished its work, and is set to present its conclusions to the Prime Minister in the coming days.

C. The Cabinet decided to wait for the Shlagi Commission report, on the assumption that it will be presented within a month, and discuss it then. The Cabinet did not see fit to decide on the need and justification for an additional commission before it has studied the report of the Shlagi Commission, which has investigated and examined the issue for a number of years. This report will also be submitted to the Knesset.

D. The Cabinet is interested in uncovering the full truth on this matter. The Cabinet will not oppose the transfer of private legislative initiatives to the Knesset House Committee, but emphasizes that the Cabinet does not require legislation in order to appoint a state commission of inquiry. The Justice Minister will explain the Cabinet’s stand to the Knesset plenum and the Knesset House Committee, and will announce that the Government favors the establishment of a commission of inquiry.