(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 6 January 2013):
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Last week, I visited the security fence that we are building on the
southern border. This visit took place on the day we completed the long
section, hundreds of kilometers, between Kerem Shalom and the area around
The result of building the fence is that we have completely stopped the
entry of infiltrators into Israel. In the past seven months, no infiltrators
entered Israel's cities. Several dozen reached the fence each month and were
taken to holding facilities. Not one infiltrator reached any community or
city inside Israel.
This was one of the largest engineering enterprises in the history of the
State of Israel and I have directed that this team not be disbanded, but
that it continue until the section in the area around Eilat is finished,
which will occur in another few weeks, and even continue work along other
borders, especially our border with Syria. We intend to erect an identical
fence, with a few changes based on the actual territory, along the Golan
Heights. We know that on other side of our border with Syria today, the
Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, Global Jihad forces have moved
Therefore, we will defend this border against both infiltration and
terrorism, just as we are successfully doing on the Sinai border.
I also submit to the Cabinet the fact that the Syrian regime is very
unstable, that the question of chemical weapons here worries us and that we
are coordinating our intelligence and readiness with the US and others so
that we might be prepared for any scenario and possibility that could arise.
The second topic that I would like to raise at the start of our meeting is
the activity of Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and her ministry
over the past four years. This activity has been wide-ranging and has
brought about results for the State of Israel, including the periphery.
In the framework of our action to cancel the word 'periphery', Minister
Livnat has done much for the Negev and the Galilee, has changed the
customary pattern that everything is concentrated in the center, between
Hadera and Gadera, or even between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."
Minister Livnat made the following remarks:
"In brief, we have carried out very many actions. In the State of Israel in
general, there is a tremendous number of both cultural appearances and
consumers of culture.
The People of Israel are consumers of culture. Even though our culture
budget is not large, in this term it has grown considerably and it is the
largest budget ever; but let there be no misunderstanding, it must be
increased. My goal, in this term, was for the periphery – and I mean the
Negev, the Galilee and Judea and Samaria, which have been out of the picture
to a large degree – to really enjoy cultural activities, and to create
culture in those areas.
I will note one item. From 2009-2012, the culture consumption grew by almost
250%, from NIS 1.14 million to NIS 2.8 million. This is a huge, unparalleled
increase. We devoted special resources to this. The Government devoted
special resources and I see this as a great challenge that we met. Of
course, we must continue."
2. Pursuant to Article 7 of the 1989 Capital Investments Law, the Cabinet
appointed Nahum Itzkovich as Director of the Industry, Trade and Labor
Ministry Investment Center in place of Chezy Tzaig.
3. The Cabinet approved the appointment of an inter-ministerial team on an
arrangement for treating individuals with autism in Israel
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4. Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat briefed ministers on the
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