CABINET COMMUNIQUE

JERUSALEM, 27 FEBRUARY 1994

(COMMUNICATED BY THE CABINET SECRETARIAT)

AT THE WEEKLY CABINET MEETING TODAY, (SUNDAY), 27.02.94:

1. THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE DEFENSE MINISTER, THE POLICE MINISTER, THE CHIEF-OF-STAFF, THE POLICE INSPECTOR-GENERAL AND THE ACTING COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE CENTRAL COMMAND BRIEFED THE CABINET ON LAST FRIDAY’S MASSACRE AT THE TOMB OF THE PATRIARCHS AND ON THE ENSUING EVENTS.

2. THE CABINET MADE THE FOLLOWING DECISION:

A. GIVEN THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVED, TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY LAW 5729-1968, REGARDING THE MASSACRE AT THE TOMB OF THE PATRIARCHS IN HEBRON ON 25.2.94. THE FOREIGN MINISTER, THE JUSTICE MINISTER AND MINISTER AMNON RUBINSTEIN WERE ENTRUSTED WITH FORMULATING THE POWERS OF THE COMMISSION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND THE CABINET SECRETARY.

B. AFTER HEARING THE REPORT BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SECURITY FORCES AND HAVING BEEN PRESENTED WITH THE OPINION OF THE ATTORNEY- GENERAL, TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING SERIES OF MEASURES ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AGAINST RADICAL ELEMENTS AMONG THE ISRAELI RESIDENTS IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA:

1. THE IMPOSITION OF ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTIONS;

2. THE EXTENSION OF RESTRAINING AND SUPERVISORY ORDERS AGAINST THE ENTRY OF CERTAIN PERSONS INTO THE JUDEA, SAMARIA AND HEBRON AREAS; AND

3. THE DISARMAMENT OF SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS AND THE CANCELLATION OF THEIR PERMITS TO CARRY WEAPONS.

C. TO CHARGE THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL WITH THE TASK OF EXPLORING AND PROPOSING OPTIONS FOR THE OUTLAWING OF THE ‘KACH’ AND ‘KAHANE CHAI’ ORGANIZATIONS.

D. TO NOTE THE STATEMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENSE MINISTER REGARDING THE RELEASE OF ABOUT 800 PALESTINIAN DETAINEES AND PRISONERS FROM ARREST AND DETENTION. THE INTENT IS TO RELEASE UP TO 1,000 DETAINEES AND PRISONERS WITHIN THE COMING WEEK.

E. THE TOMB OF THE PATRIARCHS WILL BE OPENED ONLY AFTER NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR SECURITY AND PRAYERS HAVE BEEN DETERMINED.

3. THE CABINET EMPOWERED THE PRIME MINISTER AND DEFENSE MINISTER, THE LABOR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, THE AGRICULTURE MINISTER, THE CONSTRUCTION AND HOUSING MINISTER AND THE FINANCE MINISTER TO DECIDE, WITH THE CONSENT OF THE CABINET, ON A TEMPORARY REGULATION CONCERNING CIVILIAN MATTERS RELATED TO THE CLOSURE IN JUDEA, SAMARIA AND GAZA, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS.