Richard Melson

October 2006

Cabinet Communique: Israel Government

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Israel

Cabinet Communique 15-Oct-2006

15/10/2006

Shalom, Richard

Cabinet Communique 15-Oct-2006

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

At the weekly cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 15 October 2006):

1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he will be going to Russia this Tuesday, 17.10.06, for diplomatic meetings with President Boris Putin and Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, and will also meet with Jewish community leaders. Prime Minister Olmert said that in his meetings with the Russian president he would discuss the Iranian threat (http://tinyurl.com/yzpsyn) and developments in the nuclear situation with North Korea.

2. Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the director of research at the
IDF Intelligence Corps, and the deputy director of the ISA briefed ministers on current security and diplomatic issues, including security establishment activity in the Gaza Strip, the violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas, the increased smuggling of war materiel from Sinai, UN Security Council Resolution #1718 (http://tinyurl.com/ylqh8n) on sanctions against North Korea following the latter's nuclear test (http://tinyurl.com/ygmrvv), and the involvement of Iran and Syria in the upsurge of terrorism in the region.

Defense Minister Peretz said that the IDF had significantly expanded its activity recently in both the northern and southern sectors of the Gaza Strip and noted that there have been significant strikes against Hamas and other militants who clashed with the IDF. The IDF is stepping up its assaults against suspected tunneling activity.

Regarding his Lebanese counterpart's recent remarks to the effect that the Lebanese military would direct anti-aircraft fire at Israeli overflights of Lebanese territory, Defense Minister Peretz emphasized that, while the IDF is prepared for any eventuality in this regard, it is important to stress that as long as UN Security Council Resolution #1701 (http://tinyurl.com/eedu8) is neither implemented nor fulfilled, including the return of the abductees and regarding the embargo on the transfer of war materiel, Israel has no intention of changing anything.

Regarding events in Judea and Samaria, Defense Minister Peretz stressed that the security establishment would continue to carry out arrests and added that such activity prevents terrorist attacks. He also discussed the evacuation of illegal outposts and the demolition of illegal structures.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made it clear that
UN Security Council Resolution #1718 had been reached by consensus between the Anglo-American approach and the more compromising Sino-Russian approach. She said that it is too early to determine the implications of the resolution on the Iranian issue. The foreign minister also discussed this week's European foreign ministers' meeting, at which they are expected to announce the end of negotiations with Iran and their support for the imposition of sanctions; a subsequent decision by the UN Security Council is expected.

Foreign Minister Livni referred to the failure of the
Qatari initiative on the Palestinian issue, the status of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution #1701, and the election of a new UN secretary-general.

3. The cabinet authorized
Minister Ya'akov Edery, who is responsible for liaison between the government and the Knesset and for Jerusalem affairs, to oversee and supervise ministries' preparations regarding the implementation of the "Jerusalem Envelope" (http://tinyurl.com/y9gfqt & http://tinyurl.com/yhgtu3) and care for the population of greater Jerusalem as a result of the construction of the security fence.

Cabinet Communique 15-Oct-2006

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