(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 22.4.12:
1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:
"Today I will submit for Cabinet approval the recommendations of the
committee on increasing competitiveness, what is known as the cartelization
committee. We want to increase competitiveness in the economy by reducing
cartelization, by reducing or cancelling cartels and monopolies. When there
is more competition, prices go down.
We are doing things that have not been done here for years. For years
limiting cartels and monopolies was talked about, but we are taking action.
In the last one-and-a-half years important work has been coordinated between
me, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, my economic advisor, Eugene Kandel,
Finance Ministry personnel, Prime Minister's Office personnel and others.
There are here a series of very important recommendations. On the one hand,
these are daring decisions, but they are also proportionate so as to ensure
the continued competitiveness of the economy and in order to lower the cost
of living. We are already seeing the first achievements in this regard.
For example, I saw the Central Bureau of Statistics report that food prices
did not rise last year even though the CPI did, contrary to widely-held
points-of-view. But this is not enough. We want to lower prices and
lowering prices is achieved by increasing competitiveness.
Therefore, after the Cabinet decision, I would like to pass the
recommendations on to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. We must
move quickly so that we will be able to legislate the changes that will open
the economy to competitiveness, increase competitiveness and lower prices.
I would also like to say that even before the High Court of Justice decision
on the Tal Law, I made it clear that we would replace the Tal Law with a
different law. This law will be replaced by another law in order for there
to be a more equitable, just and fair division of the burden in the State of
Israel for all its citizens, Arab and Jew alike. We will do so, and we will
do so responsibly in a manner that does not set public against public. This
is very important for us now and always.
Third, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat briefed me on the actions
that she is taking in order to defeat violence on our football pitches. I
fully back her in this regard. We must defeat violence on football pitches.
We cannot see such kicking and fisticuffs. We want to see football. If
there is violence – there will not be football. Therefore, this violence
must be uprooted in order to return the game that Israelis, myself included,
love very much.
Fourth, to the planet. This evening we will mark Earth Day
http://www.earthday.org/ with a symbolic action. It will not solve the
problems, but it will create a commitment – not just national, but
international – to try and deal with results such as global warming. When I
was a boy, there was a slogan – 'It's a pity to waste even single a drop' –
and Israeli children would go and see dripping faucets and would close them.
Just as it is a pity to waste a drop, so it is a pity to waste electricity.
I ask Israelis to join in this welcome initiative, which itself joins Israel
to the green revolution, a very positive revolution that also creates new
industries. I would like to ask you, Environmental Protection Minister
Gilad Erdan, who has been very active in this area, to take this festive
opportunity to say a few words about the Earth."
Environmental Protection Minister Erdan added the following remarks:
"As you mentioned, Mr. Prime Minister, today, many countries around the
world will mark Earth Day, which is a day designed to raise awareness about
the environmental crisis, especially that of global warming. In Israel, the
22 [local] authorities are leading this initiative at 20:00. I am very
proud that your Government is the greenest government that Israel has ever
Green in terms of environmental protection, whether in terms of welcome
investments in public transportation and railways, renewable energy and
energy efficiency, cleaning the country of pollution, and in investing in
the development of metropolitan parks. In effect, in every field vis-à-vis
government ministries. Today, this evening, as you mentioned, it is not
designed to solve the problem, it is designed to provide something that has
been lacking. And what has been lacking is the awareness of every citizen
that the Government is taking the lead – but it is not just this. Each and
every one of us can make the difference in every decision and in every daily
step that we take. If everybody thinks how to save electricity, the world
and our country will be better off and cleaner."
2. Pursuant to the 3.4.12 recommendation of a candidate search committee and
in accordance with the recommendation of Education Minister Gideon Saar, the
Cabinet appointed Ofra Maisels as Director of the Pedagogic Secretariat in
the Education Ministry, effective 1.6.12.
3. The Cabinet approved the establishment of a 'Hall of Names' for the
fallen of Israel's wars, in the military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem,
at a cost of approximately NIS 40 million. Click here
4. The Cabinet adopted the recommendations of the report of the committee to
limit cartelization in the economy. Click here