Jerusalem, 25 April 1999

Cabinet Communique

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 25.4.99:

1. The Cabinet decided to adopt the report of the inter-ministerial committee, headed by the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry director general, addressing the problem of family violence. The committee was established in accordance with a February 1998 Cabinet decision.

The Cabinet approved 15 projects for immediate implementation in 1999, as part of the effort to combat family violence. The projects will be funded partly by the relevant government ministries and partly through supplementary funds to be allocated by the Finance Ministry.

Among the approved projects are a school-based violence prevention curriculum, an effort to introduce emergency alarm buzzers for use in times of distress, a shelter for battered and handicapped women, a program for ex-convicts, and the creation of an inter-disciplinary training center and appropriate training courses. Also approved was the experimental use, in 30 local councils, of steering and coordination committees between various bodies.

The Cabinet also decided that the relevant government ministries will, with the assistance of the Finance Ministry, ensure the allocation of additional funds in their 2000 budgets to address the problem of family violence – – and that the inter-ministerial committee will continue its work and oversee the implementation of its recommendations.

2. The Cabinet decided to approve the establishment of six new communities in the Galilee, within the Emek Hayarden Regional Council, and in the Negev.

3. The Cabinet decided, by a majority vote, to reject the appeals of the ministers of Finance and of Labor and Social Affairs regarding the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs’ decision approving the draft of the Free Production Zones in Israel Law (amendment #2).

4. The Cabinet appointed the following as members of the Bank of Israel Advisory Committee: Shlomo Lorencz (Chairman), Anat Levy, Israel Tapoohi, Ya’akov Gadish, Eitan Raff, Victor Medina, Aryeh Mientkavich, Joseph Ciechanover and Shlomo Nehama.

The Cabinet also appointed the following as members of the Bank of Israel Advisory Council: Shlomo Lorencz (Chairman), Anat Levy, Israel Tapoohi, Ya’akov Gadish, Eitan Raff, Victor Medina, Aryeh Mientkavich, Joseph Ciechanover, Shlomo Nehama, Aharon Dovrat, Shlomo Pietrkowski, Judith Bronitzky, Moshe Kulcin, David Rotlevy, Yael Artstein, Yigal Hoizman and Yehezkel Flumin.

5. The Cabinet decided to approve government funding for pre-military academies, through the Education Ministry. The funds will be provided on a monthly basis in relation to the number of students attending each institution, as is the practice for directing government funding for students in boarding schools.