Jerusalem, 22 January 1995


(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 22.01.95:

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

The Prime Minister praised IDF forces in the north for their war against terrorists.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to the IDF, via the Chief-of- Staff.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation to Maj.-Gen. Danny Rothschild, upon the conclusion of his tenure as Coordinator of Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and upon his resignation from the IDF (at his request).

The Prime Minister made mention of Maj.-Gen. Rothschild’s great contribution while in his post, expressing thanks in his and the Cabinet’s name.

During the course of the meeting, preliminary details of the fatal attack at the Beit-Lid junction arrived.

2. The main part of the Cabinet meeting was devoted to the report of the Housing and Construction Minister on construction in the Judea and Samaria area. On this matter, the Cabinet decided as follows:

A) To view as a top priority, the strengthened construction of united Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, for the welfare of all its residents, in accordance with the Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel. The area of Jerusalem has been defined in Cabinet decision 577 of 26.6.67, according to the Law and Administration Order, and was issued in the Law and Administration Ordinance (No. 1) from 28.6.67.

The Cabinet will make efforts toward the development and prosperity of Jerusalem, and toward the welfare of all its residents, through the allocation of special resources. Jerusalem will also be given special preference in regard to the activities of Government authorities on economic and other matters.

B) To create a ministerial committee that will supervise the implementation of the sections included in this decision. Members of the ministerial committee will be: the Prime Minister, chairman; the Foreign Minister; the Finance Minister; the Housing and Construction Minister; the Justice Minister, and; the Communications Minister. The Attorney-General will participate in committee meetings.

The ministerial committee will base its considerations and decisions on Cabinet decisions 360 (of 22.11.92) and 721 (of 24.1.93).

C) The expropriation of lands will be carried out for security needs and for the pavement of bypass roads only. The expropriation of lands will be carried out with the authorization of the ministerial committee.

D) The ministerial committee will approve, as necessary, Government investment in Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, in public buildings and in vital infrastructures like kindergartens, schools, day-care centers, sidewalks, water, sewage, electricity, communications, clinics, sports facilities and synagogues.

E) The creation of housing units through budgeted construction in the areas of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip will be approved exclusively by the ministerial committee.

F) The ministerial committee will examine, as soon as possible, plans for the private construction of housing within Israeli communities that exist in the areas of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, while considering blueprints thus far approved and existing contractual construction obligations, as well as the Government’s policy so long as the infrastructure and construction do not involve any further expenditure from the State budget. Any public expenditure for the sake of infrastructure or construction will require the authorization of the ministerial committee.

G) The Cabinet will consider allocating public lands to Palestinians in their densely populated areas.

3. The Cabinet also decided to approve the proposed law on the implementation of the peace treaty between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1995.

4. The Cabinet approved the addition of Minister Gonen Segev to the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs.

5. The Cabinet approved the Immunities and Rights Law (international organizations and special delegations) (the 45th session of European regional WHO committee, 1995), 1995.

6. The Cabinet ratified an agreement with India on aerial transport.