Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat and the Government Press Office
Jerusalem----December 16......At the weekly Cabinet meeting today:
1. Defense Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer briefed the Cabinet on current security issues noting that
the attack near Emmanuel illustrates the responsibility of the PA, and
its leadership, for the continuing campaign of terror against Israel.
The PA knows very well what stands behind the attack, and are very familiar
with the preparations in advance of the attacks, and the dangers embodied
in it and stood by
2. The Cabinet voted to authorize the Finance Ministrys proposal to adjust (cut) the proposed 2002 budget by 6.15 billion shekels. The Finance Ministry will present a number of alternative options for making the adjustments to the Cabinet in a meeting to take place during the course of this week. A vote on the specific details of the adjustments will take place at the upcoming Cabinet meeting this week.