(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Tuesday), September 10, 2002:
1. The Government marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon commented:
"Tomorrow, we will mark one year since the 11.9.2001 terror attack on the US. Thousands of civilians from many countries lost their lives in the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. They were perpetrated by terrorists who had lived in the US and who used the freedoms that this great democracy affords its citizens – in order to attack it. It was an historic warning light to democracies, which are being called on to defend themselves against those who would assail them. Our hearts are with the innocent victims’ families and with the American people. I hold US President George Bush in the highest esteem for the true leadership that he showed in understanding the great historic challenge facing him.
Israel, which has been engaged in a war against murderous terror since its independence to this very day, knows that there is no compromise in the war against terror. Any display of weakness in the battle against terror is destined to claim a heavy price.
Tomorrow, we will hold a solidarity assembly to mark the anniversary. We will remember 11.9.2001 as a day on which the dark and dangerous forces threw down a challenge to the leadership of the free world and the values of liberty and democracy. The counter-assault of the free world, led by the US, began that very day.
We believe that this campaign will end in the complete victory of light over darkness."
2. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer reviewed current security events and noted that last week was marked by a sign of a certain increase in terrorist efforts in Gaza, despite the continuing trend of a decreasing scope of attacks in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Israel.
Ben-Eliezer further stated that the security forces were continuing their intensive and successful preventive operations against attacks this week; dozens of wanted terrorists have been arrested.
Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer called ministers’ attention to internal processes underway on the Palestinian side.
He also related to the situation on the northern border, as well as the possibility of an American attack on Iraq.
OC Intelligence Major-General Aharon Zeevi-Farkash briefed ministers on, among other things, issues related to the Palestinian Authority.
3. Prime Minister Sharon announced that on September 3, 2002 he appointed Brigadier-General Danny Arditi as head of the National Security Council Special Counter-Terrorism Staff.
4. The Cabinet decided to approve Israel’s acceding to the OECD International Investment and Multi-National Corporation Declaration of January 12, 1976.
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