(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday (Sunday), Janaury 13, 2002:
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer briefed the Cabinet on current security matters and said that the trend of a relative relaxation which had continued for a week was seriously violated by the Hamas attack against IDF forces at the "Africa" position north of Kerem Shalom in which four soldiers were killed. This incident underscores what Israel has been claiming continuously – that one cannot be impressed by the relative quiet which may prevail on the ground since dangerous terrorist infrastructures have yet to be dealt with.
The IDF is also working to foil weapons smuggling, the importance of which may be seen in the Karine A affair. The IDF destroyed 21 uninhabited structures in an area full of tunnels and the scene of many bloody shootings. The IDF destroyed the remnants of the Palestinian Naval Police, whose senior commanders were behind the Karine A. The security forces also continued counter-terrorist actions in Judea, Samaria and Gaza this week. The Defense Minister made it clear that Israel will step up its counter-terrorist actions given the warnings it currently faces.
2. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres briefed the Cabinet on his visit to India and his meetings there and emphasized the good relations and special ties between Israel and India.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in commenting on Foreign Minister Peres’s report, said that he attributes special importance to the deepening of relations with India, especially bilateral cooperation, and noted that he intends to visit India.
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