At the weekly Cabinet meeting today:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Last week, missiles were fired at Eilat from Sinai. Those responsible, apparently, were members of a terrorist cell that left Gaza and used Sinai in order to attack an Israeli city. This is unacceptable. We will exact a price for this; this has been our consistent policy for the past four years and it will serve us here as well. I request that Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon present a short briefing on the issue.
In recent days, another issue has been brought to my attention regarding the distribution of drugs to children and young people in our cities, and to all people via various special stores. We are not prepared to accept this. I telephoned Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and I asked him to act. He has already raided some of these stores, he will brief us, but we apparently need to deal with several aspects – legal, health and others; therefore, I ask to form a special task force led by Minister Aharonovitch, along with Health Minister Yael German, who suggested the idea and I accepted it. I think that this idea is correct. Interior Minister Gideon Saar, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, all of these are involved and I expect to receive a proposal within 30 days. We will clean- up our streets from drugs that damage children."
2. Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed ministers on his trip to the UK last week during which he attended the funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and held diplomatic meetings.
3. Defense Minister Yaalon briefed ministers on the security events that occurred last week, including the firing of rockets at Eilat and from the Gaza Strip.
4. Public Security Minister Aharonovitch briefed ministers on last weekend’s actions by the Israel Police – including arrests and the closing of businesses that sold dangerous substances and substitute drugs – in the framework of the struggle against drugs.
5. Pursuant to Article 12 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet approved the following appointments:
* Uzi Yitzhaki as the director-General of Transportation, National Infrastructures and Road Safety Ministry;
* Rami Cohen as Director-General of the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry;
* Yigal Tzarfati as Director-General of the Interior Ministry;
* Elhanan Galat as Director-General of the Religious Services Ministry; and
* Amir Halevy as Director-General of the Tourism Ministry.
6. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to approve draft legislation regarding the security services, local authorities, the struggle against alcoholism, the electronic monitoring of prisoners on bail and probation, licensing for pharmacists, and the detention of those suspected of security offenses.
7. The Cabinet approved draft legislation regarding the state budget.
8. The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to discuss its intention – pursuant to Article 1 of the 1993 Continuity of Debate Law – to apply the foregoing law to the draft legislation on advancing competitiveness and reducing cartelization, and to inform the Knesset accordingly.
9. The Cabinet approved the European-Mediterranean Sea ("Open Skies") aviation agreement between the State of Israel and the EU and its member states.