(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 9 December 2012):
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"I would like to wish all of you, and the entire Jewish people, a happy
Chanukah is one of our most important holidays. It shows our people's latent
ability to withstand greater forces and to overcome them, out of faith in
the justice of our cause and the willingness to defend ourselves.
Of course, defending ourselves requires defense against the jelly doughnuts
on the table. I suggest that we apply to them, or at least consider applying
to them, the principle [regarding Chanukah candles] that we are not allowed
to make use of them but only look at them, or cut down on their calories or
make them smaller. In any case, Happy Chanukah!"
Prime Minister Netanyahu added:
"Yesterday we were re-exposed to our enemies' true face. They have no
intention of compromising with us; they want to destroy the state. They will
fail, of course; in the annals of the history of our people, we – the Jewish
People – have overcome such enemies.
But it is interesting that Abu Mazen has issued no condemnation, not of the
remarks about the destruction of Israel, just as previously he did not
condemn the missiles that were fired at Israel. To my regret, he strives for
unity with the same Hamas that is supported by Iran.
We in the Government have no illusions. We want a true peace with our
neighbors. But we will not close our eyes and stick our heads in the sand.
We are not prepared to repeat the same mistake of a unilateral withdrawal
and withdrawals that, in effect, led Hamas to take control of Gaza. I have
always been astonished at the delusions of others who are prepared to
continue this process and call it peace. You would hand over more territory,
in this case in Judea and Samaria that controls Israel's cities, to the same
people and the result, of course, will be a Gaza on the outskirts of Tel
Aviv, Hadera and Kfar Saba.
Therefore, we must – and are capable of – standing against this. We will
also withstand the international pressure, were it not for which, we would
not have reached this point. Today, this is what is required from leadership
in Israel – to have no illusions, to stand up for the vital interests of the
State of Israel and to rebuff the pressure to bring Gaza into every home in
Israel. This is what we are doing and will continue to do."
2. Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed ministers on his meetings with Czech
leaders last week. The visit to Germany was held in the context of the
meeting between ministers from the two countries, in the framework of which
various bilateral issues were advanced.
Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that the meetings were held in a
positive and friendly atmosphere.
3. National Security Council Chairman Yaakov Amidror briefed ministers on
developments in the Middle East. He discussed the situations in Egypt, Iran,
Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the
4. The Cabinet discussed participation by ultra-orthodox men in the civilian
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5. The Cabinet discussed and decided to adopt the recommendations of the
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