(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the Political-Security Cabinet meeting today (Wednesday, 1 Nov. 2006), it was decided:

1. To approve the continuation of current security activity and increase the pressure on Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in order to foil their efforts to strengthen themselves, prevent terrorist acts from the Gaza Strip, and halt the firing of missiles and mortars into Israeli territory.

2. To approve steps that will enable responsible elements within the Palestinian Authority that are not the Hamas government to carry out their responsibilities.

3. To approve humanitarian measures to ease restrictions on the Palestinian population that is not involved in terrorism in the Gaza Strip and to advance civilian humanitarian projects, in accordance with the recommendations of the security establishment and with the approval of Defense Minister Amir Peretz, as were presented to the cabinet.

4. To increase cooperation with Egypt in order to reduce the smuggling of war materiel.

5. The security establishment will complete preparations and training for an extensive action to the extent that it becomes necessary.

Before the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held security consultations with Defense Minister Peretz and security establishment representatives.