Jerusalem, 1 December 2002

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), December 1, 2002:

1. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon noted that today is World AIDS Day and commented, "We are marking World AIDS Day today. I want to say that the battle against this disease is of great important for the general Israeli public. The activities of the Committee for the War Against AIDS and the Health Ministry are part of an important and essential public service. It is our responsibility as citizens of the State of Israel to do everything possible to fight the disease on one hand and to help those suffering from it, and their families on the other."

2. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz briefed ministers on current security matters and noted the rising cycle of terror attacks and the increased pressure as a result of a greater number of attempted attacks by different terror organizations in the Palestinian Authority. The Defense Minister emphasized that the widespread attempts to perpetrate terror attacks, by all terror organizations, is extraordinary, and that the security services are able to thwart many of them. The Defense Minister detailed a long list of attacks that have occurred, including the terror attack in Kenya in which three Israelis were killed and dozens more were wounded, and the attempted attack against the Arkia flight. Defense Minister Mofaz briefed the cabinet on the evacuation of Israelis from Kenya.