Jerusalem, 29 September 2002

Cabinet Communique
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), September 29, 2002:

1. The Cabinet noted Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s announcement that he has decided to appoint Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Meir Dagan as Director of the Mossad. The director of the Mossad is appointed by the Prime Minister. In accordance with a 1999 Cabinet decision, Prime Minister Sharon requested that the Advisory Committee on Senior Appointments chaired by retired Judge Gabriel Bach, which was established in pursuance of the aforementioned Cabinet decision, evaluate the appointment and form an opinion regarding Dagan’s candidacy to head the Mossad. The Committee decided to issue a positive recommendation regarding Dagan’s appointment.

Prime Minister Sharon thanked outgoing Mossad Director Ephraim Halevy for his services and for his contributions to the Mossad.

2. Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer briefed the Cabinet on ongoing security matters and added that it is the second anniversary of the violent confrontation which has been forced on Israel by Palestinian terror, in which 623 Israelis have been murdered and 4,500 injured. The Defense Minister noted that we are currently dealing with the fierce efforts of terrorist organizations to renew the cycle of attacks against Israel while the security establishment tries to foil and stop them. The Defense Minister gave details of recent attacks and of attacks that were thwarted. The Defense Minister noted that the IDF is redeploying its forces around the Mukata compound, in accordance with the decision of the group of ministers appointed by the Cabinet this morning.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon discussed the existing contacts with the US administration on the situation in the area, Israel’s intentions vis-a-vis Palestinian terror and the situation in the Mukata compound.

3. Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin briefed the Cabinet on his participation in the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Morocco.