Jerusalem, 10 November 2002

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), November 10, 2002:

1. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon welcomed Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Cabinet, and said that the period in which Israel now finds itself requires the strengthening of the government in order to implement policy according to its decisions and guidelines. The Prime Minister stressed that the current period is complex and expressed his certainty that if we act together, Israel will be able to overcome the problems facing it.

Ministers Mofaz and Netanyahu thanked the Prime Minister for his remarks.

2. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz briefed the Cabinet on current security matters, referring to both recent terror attacks as well as the IDF’s counter-terrorist actions. The Defense Minister spoke in detail on the continuing trend of Palestinian terror, the numerous warnings and the security establishment’s counter-terrorist efforts in the context of Israel’s struggle against terror. The Defense Minister discussed issues related to the strengthening of Israel’s security and the possibility of a US attack on Iraq.

3. Israel Police Commissioner Shlomo Aharonishky briefed ministers on the role of the Israel Police in the security sphere as well as the struggle against crime, the war on road accidents, and the struggles against drugs, illegal gambling and trafficking in human beings. The Commissioner noted the efforts of the Border Police along the seam line and its deployment there, and the Border Police’s successful efforts in implementing government policy on those who are in Israel illegally.

Prime Minister Sharon thanked Commissioner Aharonishky and the Israel Police for their outstanding work.