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                                                Jerusalem, 6 February 1998

ATTY.-GEN. OPINION REGARDING ALLOCATION OF GAS MASKS
(Communicated by Justice Ministry Spokeswoman)

Following a debate between Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein and the
legal advisor for the defense establishment, the following legal position
has been decided upon, according to which the State of Israel has the
responsibility to supply gas masks to the entire population residing in
the country, including foreign workers. Questions regarding how to supply
gas masks to non-citizens are being examined. Under consideration is the
possibility that employers of foreign workers must supply them with gas
masks. In addition, ways to supply gas masks directly to other foreign
workers residing in Israel are being examined. The legal opinion regarding
the implementation of the decision, including costs, have been presented
to the Defense Minsitry.

The Supreme Court's decision also clarified that the Defense Minsitry is
required to supply gas masks to residents in area C who are under the
administrative responsibility of the IDF.

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