At the weekly Cabinet meeting today:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Today, the State of Israel honors the memory of its fallen, our soldiers and our people who fell in Israel’s wars and in the terrorist attacks. From the moment the state was established, it has not ceased to wish for peace with its neighbors, and to the same degree, its enemies have not ceased from their aspiration to wipe it off the face of the earth. We are here thanks to Israel’s fighters who joined the struggle for our existence, thanks to those who survived the wars and thanks to those who fell. We do not forget, even for a second, that we are here thanks to the fallen.
Today, while the accumulated threats against the State of Israel are greater than in the past, both the IDF and our security services are stronger than ever. We will continue to strengthen our security, we will continue to aspire for peace with our neighbors, and we will continue to ensure the future of our country."
Regarding Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s remarks about the planting of a small Israeli flag on the grave of the most recent fallen IDF soldier, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:
"I am certain that I express the feelings and appreciation of all ministers when I say that we honor, esteem and feel the pain of all fallen soldiers of the State of Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. This is a very deep feeling. I know how I responded, and others, but I think that there was a misunderstanding here and it will be corrected, because there is no greater equality than standing on the frontline to defend the country, and the fallen, like the soldiers [who did not fall], deserve absolutely equal praise and esteem. This is how it will be and this is how it will find expression, I am certain, in both ceremonies and actions."
2. Prime Minister Netanyahu informed the Cabinet that Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon would be responsible for dealing with South Lebanon Army veterans.
3. Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania and other senior officials briefed the Cabinet on various issues regarding the recent cyber attack against Israeli websites.
4. The Cabinet approved the members of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.
5. As per its policy on working to lower housing prices, the Cabinet approved the members of the Ministerial Committee on Housing (the Housing Cabinet).
6. The Cabinet approved the members of the Ministerial Interior, Services and Local Administration Committee.
7. Pursuant to its 7 April 2013 decision, the Cabinet approved Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat’s accession to the Ministerial Committee on Equality in Sharing the Burden of Military and Civilian Service and in the Labor Market.
8. Pursuant to its 7 April 2013 decision, the Cabinet decided that Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Yair Shamir would replace Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver on the Ministerial Committee on Socio-Economic Affairs (the Socio-Economic Cabinet), and that Minister Landver would serve as an observer.
9. Pursuant to Article 32d of Basic Law: The Government, the Cabinet decided to transfer the responsibilities of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office under the 2005 Disengagement Plan Implementation Law to the Construction and Housing Minister and the Construction and Housing Ministry.
10. Pursuant to Article 1 of the 1965 Broadcasting Authority Law, the Cabinet designated Communications and Home Front Protection Minister Gilad Erdan as the minister responsible for implementing the law.
11. The Cabinet decided to change the name of the Science and Technology Ministry to the Science, Technology and Space Ministry; the title of the responsible minister will change accordingly.
12. The Cabinet decided to change the name of the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry to the Economy Ministry; the title of the responsible minister will change accordingly.
Responsibility for national civilian service will be transferred from the Science, Technology and Space Ministry to the Economy Ministry.
13. The Cabinet decided to build a permanent facility for the Israel State Archives.
14. The Cabinet extended the validity of the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, pursuant to Article 5 thereof, by one year to 30 April 2014.
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 the Interior Minister 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.
15. The Cabinet approved in principle draft legislation on the fund for managing state revenues derived from petroleum profits.
16. Pursuant to the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet appointed Yael Anduran as Director-General of the Finance Ministry.