Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz praised Treasurer Ya'ir Lapid, Sunday, for leaving the map of priority areas as it was when he was finance minister. Expressing hope that the cabinet would approve the tax benefits for the Golan Heights, Jordan Valley and southern Hevron Hills for the first time, he said, "Whoever proposes to strengthen the periphery without the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley is trying to discriminate between residents of the periphery."
Regarding the opening of the next phase of talks between Iran and the international community on the Tehran government's nuclear development program, Doctor Steinitz said, "This is a critical stage which will determine whether the world will be more dangerous or safer. I have been in contact with all parties. We are not closing the door to a diplomatic solution. We hope to have a solution that will prevent not only making Iran a nuclear state but also a nuclear threshold state."