To strengthen equality in Israeli society among all
sectors, ethnic and other groups in the population.
1.1 The Government will work towards unity of the people, by improving
relations among all citizens, nurturing tolerance, moderation and
respect for others, mending the divisions within the nation, and providing
hope for a better future for all citizens of Israel.
1.2 The Government will strive to ensure that Israel remains a Jewish,
democratic, Zionist state that encourages aliyah and whose citizens
enjoy equal rights.
1.3 The Government will strive to develop a free and balanced economy.
The Government views the reduction of gaps and application of principles
of social justice as essential elements of its economic policy.
1.4 The Government will act to promote stable growth through integration
in the world economy, improve the standard of living, and advance
science, technology and industry.
1.5 The Government will act to advance broad sectors of the people,
to narrow gaps, and to raise the standard of living of weaker sectors
through the advancement of development towns and the development and
rehabilitation of distressed neighborhoods.
1.6 The Government will act to effect a real improvement in the
fields of public health, employment and living conditions, and in
the treatment of the elderly, pensioners, the handicapped, large and
one-parent families, and people living in financial and social distress.
1.7 The Government will preserve the Jewish character of the state
and Jewish tradition, and will respect all other religions and traditions
present in the State of Israel.
1.8 The Government will set policies that preserve the dignity of
every individual in society and promote individual welfare, security
and quality of life.
1.9 The Government will act to promote equality between the sexes
and encourage conditions for the advancement of women in the Government,
the academic world, the labor force and the economy. The Government
will combat the phenomenon of violence against women, violence in
the family and sexual harassment.
1.10 The Government will support cultural and artistic enterprises
as well as individual artists, and will encourage the development
of new talent in order to create a climate of creativity and a flourishing
of culture in Israel.
1.11 The Government will strengthen the ties between Israel and
Diaspora Jewry through ongoing dialogue, and find ways to strengthen
Jewish and Zionist identity and help in the struggle against assimilation.
The Government, together with world Jewry, will combat anti-Semitism
1.12 The Government will work towards strategic planning, so that
Israel may become an advanced, modern state run efficiently and with
justice, striding confidently and peacefully towards a better future
in the 21st century.
2. Security, Peace and Settlement
The factions which are partners in this coalition have decided to
serve together in one Government, in light of the grave security and
political challenges facing Israel, although each continues to adhere
to its ideological positions on the political issues and on the subject
of settlement, especially regarding the nature of permanent agreements
and the conditions thereof. Accordingly, despite differences of opinion
existing between them, they have decided to participate in a joint
Government based on a broad national consensus, according to these
2.1 The supreme goal of the new Government is to consolidate Israel's
security and promote regional stability. The Government will act to
strengthen national security and provide personal security to its
citizens through a determined fight against violence and terrorism.
The Government of Israel will demand that the Palestinians abandon
the path of violence and terrorism and that the Palestinian Authority
fulfill its commitments as per the agreements it has signed and forcefully
combat violence and terrorism directed at Israel, its citizens, residents
2.2 The Government of Israel will act to promote peace with all
the states and peoples in the region, while maintaining Israel's historical,
national and security interests. The achievement of peace requires
painful compromises by all the parties involved. The Government will
strive to achieve stability and prosperity for all the peoples of
the region. The Government believes that direct negotiations is the
correct way to establish relations of trust between the sides and
to promote peace.
2.3 The Government of Israel will honor previous political agreements
ratified by the Knesset, conditional on their being upheld by the
2.4 The Government will strive to achieve permanent peace agreements
with Syria and the Palestinians, based on UN Security Council Resolutions
242 and 338.
2.5 The Government of Israel demands that the Government of Lebanon
uphold its part in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution
425 and calls upon Lebanon to enter into a peace agreement with Israel.
Israel holds Lebanon and Syria resonsible for preventing terrorist
activities that threaten the peace and security of residents of northern
Israel and IDF soldiers.
2.6 The Government will act to promote peace with the Palestinians
also through interim agreements that will include compromises. In
the framework of interim agreements, the possibility of Israeli redeployment
in Judea, Samaria and Gaza will be considered, as long as this does
not harm Israel's interests.
2.7 The Government will do everything in its power to secure the
release of POW's and MIA's and anyone who acted on behalf of state
security, and to bring them home.
2.8 The Government views settlement, in all its manifestations,
as having great social and national value, and will act to improve
the ability to deal with the difficulties and challenges facing the
2.9 During its term of office, the Government will not establish
new settlements. The Government will provide the ongoing necessities
for the development of the settlements.
2.10 The Government will act with firm resolve to ensure the security
of the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
2.11 The Government will reinforce the IDF and the other branches
of Israel's security forces and strengthen Israel's power of deterrence,
with the aim of preventing war and protecting the state, its citizens
and residents. The Government will reserve the right to call out the
IDF and the security forces where and when needed, to ensure the safety
of Israelis citizens and residents, and of the Jewish people in the
2.12 The Government of Israel will demand a cessation of incitement
and hostility towards Israel in the Palestinian Authority and the
2.13 The Government will work towards establishing peaceful, friendly,
normal relations with Egypt and Jordan.
2.14 The Government will strive to deepen the special relationship
of friendship and closeness that exists between Israel and the United
States, and to continue and even enhance the strategic cooperation
2.15 The Government will work to consolidate and deepen Israel's
foreign relations with the European Union and the European states.
2.16 The Government will strive to strengthen Israel's foreign relations
with Russia and the CIS.
2.17 The Government will deepen and consolidate relations with China,
India, Japan and East Asian countries, as well as with the international
community in general.
2.18 The Government, as part of its policy to promote peace in the
Middle East, will work towards developing frameworks for cooperation
among the peoples of the region in the political, economical, scientific
and cultural spheres.
2.19 The Government of Israel will combat, constantly and resolutely,
manifestations of anti-Semitism throughout the world, and cultivate
the mutual ties and responsibility between the Israel and Jewish communities
in the Diaspora.
2.20 The Government will work to relieve the distressed situation
of the SLA refugees.
10. Religion and State
10.5 The Government will safeguard the holy places of all religions.
Furthermore, the Government will take measures to enable Jews to pray
at their holy places and others to pray at their holy places, with
consideration for the requirements of public security and order.
Source: Israeli Foreign