Friday marked the fourth anniversary of the abduction of Gilad Shalit.
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, 27 June 2010:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Friday marked the fourth anniversary of the abduction of Gilad Shalit. The Government and the security services are continuing to make constant efforts – open and secret – to bring Gilad Shalit back home safe and sound.
This morning, I phoned Gilad’s father, Noam. I invited him to meet with me, along with the rest of his family, immediately after the march reaches Jerusalem. I told him, "I know, Noam, that you are on a long journey, which will end in Jerusalem. I want to see you. I would be glad to meet with you." This will not be the first meeting, of course; I have spoken with him many times. Recently, I also spoke with Gilad’s very impressive grandfather, Tzvi Shalit.
Our heart is with Gilad and with his family. Four years after his abduction, I call on the international community to stand beside the State of Israel and support our unequivocal and just demand that our abducted soldier be returned immediately."
2. Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer updated the Cabinet on Israel’s assumption of the (rotating) chair of EUREKA.
3. Pursuant to Article 21 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments) and Article 19 of the 1981 Consumer Protection Law, and in accordance with Minister Ben-Eliezer’s recommendation, the cabinet appointed Tamar Pinkus as the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry Director of Consumer Protection and Fair Trade.
4. The Cabinet approved a Ministerial Committee on Legislation decision to approve draft legislation regarding Israel’s accession to the OECD and requested the Knesset House Committee to expedite discussion on the legislation.
5. The Cabinet approved draft amendments to the 2010 Patents Law.
6. The Cabinet decided to extend – until 31 December 2011 – emergency legislation which determines that compulsory military service for men will continue to be three years.
7. The Cabinet approved draft amendments to legislation governing the composition of the Education Ministry Council on Combined (religious-secular) Education.
8. Education Minister Gideon Saar, and Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, briefed the Cabinet on the national plan to create centers of excellence in order to attract senior academics and experts to Israel.
9. The cabinet discussed the issue of the 2011-2012 biannual budget. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and senior Finance Ministry officials briefed the Cabinet on 2011-2012 economic policy goals and presented draft budget figures. The Cabinet will continue its discussion in the coming weeks.
10. MK Gila Gamliel, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, briefed the Cabinet on the proposal to establish an advisory forum for the prime minister on the advancement of young people in Israel. The Cabinet decided to establish such a forum.