(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Tuesday), 6 March 2007:

1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the Cabinet would discuss – inter alia – the issue of the non-payment of the salaries of certain local council and religious council employees.

2. Pursuant to the 1958 Council for Higher Education Law and in accordance with the recommendation of Education Minister Yuli Tamir, the Cabinet decided to recommend to the President that 20 people be appointed to the Council.

3. The Cabinet amended its 25 February 2007 decision and decided to include MK Yitzhak Aharonovich as Tourism Minister instead of MK Esterina Tartman.

4. The Cabinet discussed Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann’s and Public Security Minister Avi Dichter’s proposals for implementing the Zeiler Committee report.

5. The Cabinet appointed five members of the Public Council for Enshrining the Memory of Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl.

6. Pursuant to the 1959 Civil Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet extended the term of Acting Justice Ministry Director-General Moshe Shilo until 3.4.07 or until a regular Director-General is appointed, whichever comes first.

7. The Cabinet approved the Container Security Initiative with the US.

8. The Cabinet approved the Ministerial Socio-Economic Committee’s decision on the formulation of solutions for problems regarding the Dead Sea and the understandings reached between the National Infrastructures and Tourism ministries.

9. Interior Ministry Ronni Bar-On, Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson, the Directors-General of their ministries and other senior officials briefed ministers on the local councils crisis and the non-payment of salaries for certain local council and religious council employees. Prime Minister Olmert made it clear that the aforesaid ministers are due to submit their report on progress in resolving the issue of the non-payment of salaries and added that a solution will be presented no later than two weeks from today.

10. The Cabinet discussed Defense Minister Amir Peretz’s proposal for merging TAAS-Israel Military Industry with either Rafael or Israel Aircraft Industry.