PM Netanyahu briefed the Cabinet on his forthcoming trip to Egypt.
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 18 July 2010:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"In a few hours, I will travel to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Under President Mubarak’s leadership, Egypt is a main factor in advancing peace and stability in the region. I intend to speak with President Mubarak about ways to accelerate the entry into direct negotiations between us and the Palestinians. I know that Egypt is interested in advancing the diplomatic process like we are, and I hope that in the wake of my meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington, we will find ways to advance this common goal.
Today, we will begin to discuss – I do not know whether we will finish the discussion today because our meeting will be short – the proposal of a ministerial team on formulating a new policy regarding migration into the State of Israel. This is a national issue of the highest importance; it has both demographic and humanitarian aspects. In effect, we are the only western country that lacks a clear migration policy. Today, we will start the discussion in order to correct this. Currently, there is no unified policy regarding entry and exit from the State of Israel.
I would like to thank Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and the ministerial team that worked to formulate the new policy. Its principal underlying idea is that the conditions of entry into Israel should conform to our national interests, first and foremost providing security and ensuring the Jewish and democratic character of the country. Additionally, on the table before us are conclusions regarding actions the Government can take in order to reduce the number of illegal labor-seeking migrants who infiltrate into the State of Israel."
2. Pursuant to Article 7B of the 1965 Israel Broadcasting Authority Law, the Cabinet appointed Dr. Amir Gilat as IBA Chairman.
3. The Cabinet was briefed on the issue of entry and migration into Israel. Discussion of this issue will continue tomorrow (Monday), 19 July 2010.
Pursuant to the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Provisions) , the Cabinet decided to extend the validity of the law until 31 Jan 2011 and submit same for Knesset approval.
Pursuant to the aforesaid Law and on the basis of the opinion of the authorized security officials, the Cabinet determined that the Gaza Strip is still an area in which activity is carried out that is liable to endanger the security of the state of Israel and its citizens; therefore, the Cabinet instructs Interior Minister Eli Yishai to continue not granting permits to reside and/or stay in Israel to those registered in the Population Registry as residents of the Gaza Strip and to those who reside in the Gaza Strip even though they are not registered as such in the Population Registry.
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser made it clear that the Cabinet intends to submit to the Knesset – during its winter session – a law on the issue of citizenship and entry into Israel.