(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, 22 November 2009:
1. The Cabinet held a discussion to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which occurs this Wednesday. At the start of the discussion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"I would like to emphasize that this is a very serious problem in Israel and around the world. Globally, it is estimated that one-third of women have suffered violence at least once in their lives. One study indicates that there are 150,000 battered women in Israel, a terrible number. However, in 2008, a certain decline was reported. This is thanks to the various organizations that are active – the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women, which I was fortunate enough to establish as Prime Minister, as well as the women’s organizations, shelters and others. But it is clear to us that much more needs to be done.
The most important thing is to hold to a policy of zero-tolerance for violence in general and for violence against women in particular. I think that while this will resonate in Israeli society, we still have a long way to go in instilling this awareness and in enacting specific plans; thus our meeting today, discussions later this week and future Cabinet meetings."
Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that seven women have been murdered in 2009 so far by their spouses.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office MK Gila Gamliel briefed the Cabinet on the struggle against violence against women both in Israel and around the world.
2. On the issue of assistance to families that have suffered from deadly crimes (murder and manslaughter), Prime Minister Netanyahu said:
"We are talking about a citizen or family that experienced a murder or serious crime and is in need of state assistance. We will do something unprecedented. We will assist families that have suffered, due to no fault of their own, from severe crimes such as murder and manslaughter.
We intend to establish centers to help families that have suffered injury and provide them with legal assistance in rebuilding their lives. I think that this is the obligation of every government and this is part of our war on crime and violence, just as we intend to act firmly against alcohol abuse by minors.
This is an important breakthrough, I also think it is an important milestone, because in Israel, it is accepted that the Government helps victims of terrorism, but there is also domestic terrorism and we must assist all those who are hurt by it. All are Israeli citizens and all deserve our support."
The Cabinet instructed Social Welfare and Social Services Ministry Director-General Nahum Itskovitz to establish an assistance-and-care support system for families that have suffered from deadly crimes (murder and manslaughter).
3. Pursuant to Article 31e of Basic Law: The Government, the Cabinet decided to operate via the Ministerial Committee on National Security in regard to determining conditions for filling positions at the Atomic Energy Commission.
4. The Cabinet discussed the appointment of the next Attorney General in light of the 19 November 2009 announcement by the public professional search committee, chaired by retired Judge Theodor Orr, that it could not recommend a specific candidate to the Government since none of the candidates it considered received the support of at least four of its members. The Cabinet instructed Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to submit a nominee to it from the four candidates who received the most votes in the search committee. If the Justice Minister reports that he is unable to recommend any of the four candidates, the Cabinet will reconsider the issue.
5. The Cabinet appointed new ministers to represent the Government on the Council to Commemorate Deceased Presidents and Prime Ministers.
6. The cabinet discussed various draft amendments to the 2009 Second Authority for Television and Radio Broadcasts Law.