The cabinet marked IDF Reserves Appreciation Day. PM Netanyahu advised of the establishment of a committee to advance equality in sharing the burden of national defense

 Cabinet communique


Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 3 June 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"Today, the Cabinet is marking IDF Reserves Appreciation Day. I think that, perhaps, this is the most Israeli thing there is.

In order to defend our state, we need not only regular forces, but also reserves. Men and women sacrifice their time every year in order to defend the country. There is a component of mutual guarantee here, a common denominator familiar to us all. This is fundamental; they do this with the assistance of their families as well. Large sections of the nation share this burden of defending the country.

When I say ‘large sections’, there has been a gradual contraction here that has taken place over the years, and we know that we need to ensure that for both the reserves and regular forces there will be a more egalitarian division of the burden.

To this end we have established the committee to advance equality in sharing the burden among the citizens of Israel. This committee meets on an ongoing basis; I receive its reports. The committee will put forth a proposal that I think will resolve a considerable portion of these problems so that we may continue bearing this burden of defending the state in a more responsible and just manner.

Today we salute men and women reservists and the families that support them; all parts of the nation share in this salute."

2. Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the issue of Ulpana Hill in Beit El. He said that the Government’s goal is to defend and strengthen settlement, and also to preserve the rule of law. He added that regarding the implementation of the High Court of Justice ruling on the evacuation of homes on Ulpana Hill, clarifications are being made and focused discussions are being held on three aspects of the issue:

* The possibility of moving the existing structures in order to place them on state land;

* Significantly expanding settlement in Beit El; and

* Seeking legal protection against similar claims that are liable to arise in the future.

3. Minister Yossi Peled briefed ministers on his recent participation in a ceremony to mark 50 years since the Eichmann trial, which was held at the Wansee Villa in Berlin and which was also attended by IDF soldiers and officers.

4. The Cabinet marked IDF Reserves Appreciation Day.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak discussed the importance and quality of the IDF reserves and noted their contribution to the IDF, society and the State of Israel. He referred to the 2008 Reserve Duty Law, which defined reservists’ rights and duties, as well as the scope of their service. He noted that his ministry, in conjunction with others, was working to support reservists and grant them various economic and other benefits. He said that it is intended to provide reservists with other benefits in addition to those they currently receive and added that the Ministerial Committee on IDF Reserves will discuss the issue at its next session in approximately one month.

Defense Minister Barak thanked men and women IDF reservists and their families for their service and their contribution.

5. The Cabinet approved a redefinition of an "active reservist".

6. The Cabinet approved, in principle, draft legislation to extend the validity of the state of emergency in Judea and Samaria (criminal jurisdiction and legal assistance) and authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to approve the final draft.

The Cabinet also requested that the Knesset House Committee expedite discussion of the draft legislation.

The draft legislation pertains mainly to the jurisdiction of courts in Israel over Israelis who commit offenses in the area or in the areas of the Palestinian Authority, the ability of the Israeli authorities to carry out in Israel punishments and arrests that have been imposed by the military authorities in the area, and provides for the possibility of carrying out orders and punishments that have been imposed in Israel on residents of the area.