Jerusalem, May 22, 1994

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(COMMUNICATED BY THE CABINET SECRETARIAT)

AT THE WEEKLY CABINET MEETING TODAY (SUNDAY), 22.5.94:

1. THE CABINET, SITTING AS THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS, WAS BRIEFED ON THE ABDUCTION OF MUSTAFA DIRANI IN LEBANON AND HIS ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL.

THE CABINET WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON ON-GOING SECURITY MATTERS.

THE PRIME MINISTER EXPRESSED THE APPRECIATION AND ESTEEM OF THE CABINET FOR THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF THE MISSION.

2. THE FOREIGN MINISTER BRIEFED THE CABINET ON HIS TALKS IN OSLO WITH PLO LEADERS, AND IN PARIS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE AND OTHER OFFICIALS.

3. THE CABINET PASSED A RESOLUTION CONCERNING EVENTS IN RWANDA, AS FOLLOWS:

THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL IS SHOCKED BY THE GENOCIDE BEING CARRIED OUT IN RWANDA AND BY THE MURDER OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE.

THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHO ENDURED THE MOST BITTER EXPERIENCE OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST, AND THEIR COUNTRY THE STATE OF ISRAEL CANNOT STAND IDLY BY IN THE FACE OF THE HORROR IN RWANDA.

THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL CALLS ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO URGENTLY ACT TO STOP THE MASSACRE, AND ANNOUNCES THAT IT IS PREPARED TO TAKE PART IN HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES TO RESCUE PEOPLE IN THIS UNFORTUNATE COUNTRY.

THE CABINET HAS REQUESTED THAT THE FOREIGN MINISTER EXAMINE PROPOSALS FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING THE DISPATCH OF MEDICAL TEAMS TO RWANDA.

4. THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL BRIEFED THE CABINET ON THE DELIVERY OF INFORMATION FROM THE STATE COMPTROLLER FOR INVESTIGATION OF SUSPECTED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

5. THE CABINET BEGAN DISCUSSION OF PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE THE CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING.