1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"Over the weekend, the leaders of Hamas reiterated their intention to destroy the State of Israel. Whoever hoped that the Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas would moderate Hamas is mistaken. Instead of the Palestinian authority taking over Gaza, the signs are being more and more seen that the complete opposite is taking place, i.e. that Hamas is increasing its control in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Therefore, international pressure must be applied on Abu Mazen to dissolve the partnership with Hamas. This touches on the roots of the conflict and the roots of a solution in which peace is achieved between us and the Palestinians. In any case, Abu Mazen promised to uphold all of his previous commitments, and the first of these is honoring the commitment to demilitarize the areas under the control of the Palestinian government, including – of course – the Gaza Strip.

Over the weekend we also heard an interesting declaration from the Australian government of a kind that we do not always hear. It simply said that eastern Jerusalem is not occupied territory; the minimum is that is an area in dispute. To say this sharply and with such clarity and, I would say, courage, is refreshing given the chorus of hypocrisy and ignorance, ignorance not only of ancient history, but of recent and current history. What has really happened here? Who invaded who? Who occupied what? What is subject to negotiation? What is the area in dispute? These are new things. I certainly appreciate this stand by the Australian government and I am certain that all those who want to see an agreement here based on peace, justice and truth – and it is impossible to build peace based on historic lies – would agree. There is truth and it must be embraced. It requires many, many conclusions and steps, but it certainly does not require the sanctification of lies."

2. Pursuant to Article 23 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet decided to approve the appointment of Uri Ilan as Northern District Director at the Interior Ministry.

3. The Cabinet discussed soldiers doing their compulsory service in recognized (non-IDF) service frameworks.

4. The Cabinet discussed granting preferences to confrontation line communities in defense establishment tenders.

5. The Cabinet appointed a ministerial committee – to be chaired by Prime Minister Netanyahu – on providing for the status of Bedouin communities in the Negev and the socio-economic development of the Bedouin sector..

6. The Cabinet decided to reject an appeal against the Ministerial Committee on Legislation’s May 11 decision on draft amendments to Basic Law: The President of the State regarding a ban on releasing prisoners.

The Cabinet also decided that pursuant to remarks by the attorney General that Government support for the draft legislation is conditional on evaluating the possibility of limiting the court’s right to restrict the President’s author to grant pardons only in regard to a diplomatic agreement or a deal to release Israelis.

7. The Cabinet discussed the quota of foreign workers in the construction sector.

8. The Cabinet discussed the recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee on updating the national Negev development plan in light of the implementation of the plan to move IDF bases to the Negev.

9. The Cabinet discussed the further advancement and integration of women in the civil service.