Jerusalem, 25 December 1994

CABINET COMMUNIQUE

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today, (Sunday), 25.12.94:

1. Sitting as the Ministerial Committee on National Security, the Cabinet was briefed by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, and security officials on security issues.

2. Sitting as the Ministerial Committee on National Security, the Cabinet was briefed by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, and the Foreign Minister, on political matters.

3. On behalf of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister expressed deep appreciation for out-going Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ehud Barak, and pointed to his distinguished service and great success in all of the various positions that he has held during his 35 in the IDF.

4. The Cabinet approved the establishment of a team to inquire into the subject of inspectors at border-crossings.

5. The Cabinet made the following decisions regarding the Yi’ud faction’s joining the coalition:

A. In accordance with paragraph 33(a) of Basic Law: The Government, to establish a Ministry for Information (note: the English name is, as yet, unofficial). This decision will be submitted to the Knesset for approval, as is required.

B. In accordance with paragraph 33(b) of Basic Law: The Government, to to transfer the following bodies to the Ministry of Information:

the Government Press Office (from the Prime Minister’s Office), the Information Center (from the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport),

the Government Publications Office (from the Finance Ministry);

The Knesset will be notified of the decision, as is required.

C. In accordance with paragraph 17(a) of Basic Law: The Government, Minister Moshe Shahal will be the Minister of Information (not including information on foreign affairs), in addition to his position as Minister of Police. This decision will be submitted to the Knesset for approval, as is required.

D. In accordance with paragraph 18 of Basic Law: The Government, and in accordance with the Prime Minister’s proposal, MK Gonen Segev will be appointed Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, in place of the current Minister, Moshe Shahal. The Knesset will be notified of this decision, and its approval will be requested, as is required.