We are a responsible government that is obligated, above all, to the security of its citizens, and we are acting in accordance with this obligation.

 Cabinet communique


Israel Cabinet meeting (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 18 November 2012):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"By now the IDF has attacked over 1,000 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip and it is continuing its operations as we speak. It is achieving significant hits on weapons aimed at Israeli citizens, as well as on those who use these weapons and those who dispatch them. We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the [other] terrorist organizations, and the IDF is prepared for a significant expansion of its operations.

Today as well, I will continue to speak with world leaders. I appreciate the understanding that they are showing for Israel’s right to defend itself. In my talks with the leaders, I emphasize the effort Israel is making to avoid hitting civilians, and this at a time when Hamas and the [other] terrorist organizations are making every effort to hit civilian targets in Israel. We are a responsible government that is obligated, above all, to the security of its citizens, and we are acting in accordance with this obligation.

Over the weekend, I spoke again with US President Barack Obama.  I thanked him for his support of Israel’s right to defend itself and for his contribution, and that of the American people, in developing Iron Dome. I repeat and praise the restraint, determination and resilience of Israel’s citizens on the home front, and I repeat my request to all of you to follow the instructions from IDF Home Front Command because it saves lives.

The operation in the Gaza Strip is continuing and we are prepared to expand it. I appreciate the rapid and impressive mobilization of the reservists who have come from all over the country and turned out for the mission at hand. Reservist and conscript soldiers are ready for any order they might receive."

2. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and GOC Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi briefed ministers on Operation Pillar of Defense.

3. The Cabinet today unanimously approved an allocation of NIS 7.6 million in order to complete the financing of building protected daycare centers in communities with 0-7 kilometers from the Gaza Strip . 

4. The Cabinet today approved planning for the construction of a new Druze community in the Khirbet Inbal area of the western Galilee.

5. The Cabinet approved the establishment, in Jerusalem, of a hall for the Hebrew language. This is in the framework of a series of decisions in order to strengthen the status of the Hebrew language.

6. The Cabinet decided to adopt the recommendations of the committee – appointed by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov – on reducing the cost of vacationing in Israel.

7. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to approved draft amendments to the Israel Securities Law.