(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Monday), July 30, 2001:
1. Prime Minister Sharon referred to the appointment of Carmi Gillon as Israeli Ambassador to Denmark and said that "Danish attacks on Gillon are completely unjustified." The Prime Minister stated, "Attacks on Gillon are attacks on the State of Israel and on Israel’s right to self-defense. Gillon is not being attacked personally rather he is being attacked as the head of the organization the duty of which is to interdict terrorist attacks and fight terrorism. Gillon did this within the framework of the law and within the framework of Justice Ministry directives. No one – particularly those who have not been exposed to, or fought against, terrorism – has the right to preach to Israel regarding the fight against terrorism that she is conducting according to the values of a democratic state."
Prime Minister Sharon went on to say, "Even more grievous is the leniency shown to terrorists and terrorism – past and present – while at the same time self-righteously criticizing those who are fighting against terrorism. This leniency towards terrorism is a danger to the free world and world order."
Prime Minister Sharon concluded by saying, "I want to clarify unequivocally: The Government of Israel stands behind the appointment of Carmi Gillon."
2. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and ISA head Avi Dichter briefed the Cabinet on current security issues, with an emphasis on the rise in the scope of Palestinian attacks including shooting attacks on transportation arteries, the firing of mortars and the increased use of bombs.
During the discussion, the issue of international observers also came up and Prime Minister Sharon noted that the United States has clarified that any decision on this issue will have to be made in agreement with Israel. The Prime Minister noted that there has been no change in the Israeli position ruling out international observers and added that there will be no negotiations as long as the violence continues.
3. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and OC Home Front Command briefed the cabinet on mobile protection and security components on the northern border, seam line and Judea, Samaria and Gaza regions, and detailed the specifics of plans being carried out.
4. Prime Minister Sharon and the ministers congratulated the Israel Police on their energetic, balanced and responsible actions in defense of the Jewish worshipers who were attacked at the Western Wall plaza yesterday and in the blocking of disturbances.
5. As part of the effort to save water in light of the current water crisis, the cabinet unanimously approved National Infrastructure Minister Lieberman’s proposal regarding steps to be taken to save water in the government sector.