(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 4 May 2008):

1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert commented on Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and for the victims of terrorism: “Wednesday will be Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and for the victims of terrorism.  This is the day on which the State of Israel – in accordance with the best of the tradition and heritage that make it unique – returns to being one large family.  A silence like no other spreads over the entire country and the entire people of Israel are wrapped in memories, deep thoughts a sense of being eternally grateful to those who laid the foundations, who showed the way, who fought and who gave their lives so that the State of Israel might joyously celebrate its independence.”  

2. Prime Minister Olmert discussed the investigation to which he was summoned by the Israel Police: “You all know that last Wednesday, the Israel Police contacted me and asked to hold an hour-long investigation, within a short time.  I responded immediately and made the time available.  Last Friday, I met with Israel Police investigators for one hour.  I answered all the questions I was asked and cooperated with the investigators, who – I must point out – acted in a respectable and proper fashion.  To my regret, for reasons that do not depend on me, the country has been swept with a wave of rumors regarding the investigation.  I am certain that when matters are made clear, with the permission of the proper authorities, matters will be presented in the correct proportion, in their right and exact context, and that this will put an end to the rumors.  Until then, we have a national agenda.  I have priorities as Prime Minister of Israel.  I intend to uphold these priorities and continue to hold the meetings, carry out the responsibilities, and do the things that I must.”

3. The Cabinet discussed the "Israel 2028 – Vision and Socio-Economic Strategy in a Global World" plan  as presented by Teva Chairman Eli Hurvitz, Sheldor Chairman Sammy Friedrich and former Finance Ministry Director-General David Brodet. 

4. The Cabinet discussed recognition of, and appreciation for, Holocaust survivors living in Israel and decided to adopt the recommendations of the team appointed to consider ways to recognize and appreciate Holocaust survivors living in Israel, which was appointed by Prime Minister Olmert in accordance with [Article 6 of] Government Decision #2534   of 4 November 2007 

5. The Cabinet discussed the five-year plan for the socio-economic integration of veterans of the former South Lebanon Army in the State of Israel and decided to adopt the principal recommendations of the team on the issue.  The plan will be implemented between 2009-2013.
6. Pursuant to Article 12 of the 1959 Civil Service Law, the Cabinet decided to appoint Dan Brinker as Director-General of the Public Security Ministry, in place of Ronnie Falk, effective 1.6.08. 

7. Pursuant to Article 6b of the 1982 Communications Law (Bezek and Broadcasts) and in accordance with the recommendation of the Communications Ministe, the Cabinet decided to appoint Nitzan Chen to chair the Cable and Satellite Broadcasts Council.