At the weekly IL.Cabinet meeting today

1. The Cabinet discussed the internal changes required in the framework of
the 2007 state budget. See for details.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert thanked outgoing Finance Ministry
Director-General Dr. Yossi Bachar for accepting Finance Minister Avraham
Hirchson’s suggestion that he temporarily serve as Acting Director of the
Israel Tax Authority. See for details.
The Cabinet decided to enact 3.5% cuts in the 2007 budgets of all Government
ministries. See for a table and other details.
2. Pursuant to the 1959 Civil Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet
appointed Haggai Peleg as Director-General of the Strategic Affairs
Ministry. See for details.
3. Pursuant to the 1988 National War on Drugs Authority Law, the Cabinet
approved Prime Minister Olmert’s appointment of Chaim Messing as Authority
Director. See for details.
4. The Cabinet appointed a series of ambassadors and consul-generals in the
Foreign Service.
5. The Cabinet approved the draft 2007 Political Parties Law and authorized
the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to approve the
final wording. See for details.
6. In continuation of its previous decision, the Cabinet approved a project
to construct a memorial at Latrun for Jewish soldiers who fell in World War
II. See for details.
7. The Cabinet discussed the issue of continued subsidies for the
development of industrial zones in peripheral areas of the country. See
for details.
8. The Cabinet discussed the placement of temporary residential structures
in the Hulot Halutza communities. See for
9. The Cabinet discussed and rejected Minister Meshullam Nahari’s and
Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra’s appeals against the
Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement’s decision to
approve various provisions of the 2006 Beverage Container Recycling Law.
10. The Cabinet adopted a plan to encourage agricultural exports and to
reduce the shortage of foreign workers in the agriculture sector. See
for details.