(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), April 2, 1995:

1. Within the framework of the Ministerial Committee on National Security, the Cabinet was briefed by security officials on the weekend’s events in Lebanon and on the northern border.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation of the IDF and all of its various branches, and strongly supports it in its difficult and unending war in defense of the northern communities and the security of their inhabitants.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation for the stamina and restraint of the residents of all of the northern communities, in light of the terrorist attacks from Lebanon, whose goal is to attack peaceful and innocent citizens. The Cabinet will continue to act to strengthen these communities, and will reinforce the objective of granting them preference in various areas.

The Cabinet received a briefing from security officials on additional security matters.

2. The Cabinet approved a draft law on implementing the agreement regarding the early empowerment of the Palestinian Authority, designed to facilitate the transfer of certain tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, in accordance with the early empowerment agreement signed between Israel and the PLO on 29.08.94.