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Cablegate: Nsc Applauds U.S. Support in Terrorism

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SUBJECT: NSC APPLAUDS U.S. SUPPORT IN TERRORISM
DESIGNATIONS, WELCOMES INPUT

1. (SBU) The Ministerial Committee on National Security
Affairs (the Security Cabinet) designated 50 Al Qaida and
Taliban-affiliated groups as terrorist organizations during a
discussion of "Global Jihad" on 20 October. These
designations come as a result of reporting, monitoring and
enforcement actions as per Israeli laws against
money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. Gil Avriel,
a legal advisor at the National Security Council (NSC), said
that these designations "are a direct outcome of the long and
fruitful relationship with both Embassy Tel Aviv and the
Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
(OFAC)." Avriel thanked the U.S. and OFAC for providing the
"indispensable" documentation and statements of case that his
office utilized in preparing designation packages for the
Cabinet.

2. (SBU) Avriel said that the NSC will now work on preparing
designations of individuals. (Note: According to GOI law,
the NSC can present international designations of Al Qaida
and Taliban-related entities, such as those of the UN or
U.S., for domestic adoption with minimal additional
supporting evidence. The NSC chose to first seek
designations of groups--a process which this latest round of
designations completes--before moving onto individuals. End
Note.)

3. (SBU) Avriel suggested that if the USG could provide a
prioritized list of Al Qaida and Taliban-affiliated
individuals for GOI designation, the NSC would pursue its
future designations accordingly.
CUNNINGHAM

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