We are going to prepare a national framework with which it will be possible to change the world’s great dependence on petroleum.
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 25 October 2009:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Last week I announced my intention to initiate a national project to reduce and – in the end – cancel the global dependence on petroleum. I believe that Israel constitutes a special center of both minds and hearts, of desire and ability to advance such initiatives with the assistance of other governments and of international companies.
We are working on this at the moment, led by National Economic Council Chairman Prof. Eugene Kandel. We are gathering the best minds in the country in these fields. We have experts in science, engineering and the business world. Our possibilities are gigantic because in launching a meeting between energy, water and agriculture – we could create changes in energy consumption patterns.
The world is becoming thirstier. There are going to be severe shortages of water in China. The more that an economy grows and per capita incomes rise, water consumption increases sharply. Water production requires energy. Energy accounts for one-third of the costs in producing water. If we can bring about energy alternatives and connect them with water and do this so that we also maintain the environment, we would be enacting very great changes in the global economy, not just here but elsewhere.
We are going to prepare a national framework with which it will be possible to change the world’s great dependence on petroleum. Of course this would be very advantageous for Israel. Petroleum finances regimes including those that translate this into terrorism and instability. Petroleum pollutes the world and we think that we can act on both of these fronts."
2. The Cabinet took its leave of outgoing Finance Minister Director-General Yoram Ariav.
3. The Cabinet decided to extend the term of Israel Security Agency Director Yuval Diskin by one year, beginning 15 May 2010.
4. The Cabinet appointed Reuven Din-El as Ambassador to Turkmenistan.
5. Pursuant to Article 12 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet appointed Guy Rothkopf as Justice Ministry Director-General.
6. In continuation of its 4 May 2008 decision, the Cabinet decided to extend the eligibility of former South Lebanon Army veterans to receive rent subsidies until 30 September 2010.
7. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan briefed the Cabinet on the Environmental Protection Ministry’s 2009-2010 working plan.