Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Steps to improve Palestinian daily life in Judea and Samaria

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

In accordance with the decision made by the political echelon, the IDF and the Civil Administration took a series of steps in order to significantly improve the Palestinian routine of life in Judea and Samaria. These steps were implemented following meetings between the IDF commanders in the Judea and Samaria region, the heads of the Palestinian Security Authority and other Palestinian senior officials.
The steps that were taken as part of the effort include:

Widening of Palestinian free movement

A road connecting the village of Bani Na'im to road number 60 was opened in the Hebron region, after being blocked due to security reasons since 2001. The checkpoints in the Tulkarm region were reinforced and the passage conditions of the Huwwara checkpoint were dramatically improved. Furthermore, over 135 additional roadblocks were removed in the past year, including the main ones in Rimonim and Atzira A-Shamalia.

Strengthening of the Palestinian Security Forces

Authorization has been given for the opening of 12 new Palestinian police stations, in addition to the 20 new Palestinians police stations authorized last year. Nineteen new Police stations have been built so far.

190 certificates were handed out to Palestinian public figures and security forces personnel (from the rank of Battalion Commander) that allow maximum freedom of movement, as an addition to the 200 people currently holding these certificates.

Following a strict security examination, an individual authorization was given to few senior personnel in the Palestinian security forces, allowing them to have armed security due to real life threat.

Strengthening of the Palestinian economy

The entrance of Israeli Arabs into the city of Nablus is now authorized during weekends. A similar step was taken in the city of Jenin, bringing a significant increase in income to local businesses. The quantity of Palestinian workers permitted to enter Israel has increased, while making the eligibility criteria more flexible.

Relief in the humanitarian sector

An extension was authorized concerning the entrance passes into Israel for those with chronic medical needs and their escorts, as well as medical students doing residencies in Israeli hospitals. The authorizations were extended from a period of three to six months.

The IDF will continue to operate according to the decisions made by the political echelon in accordance with security assessments, so as to further ease the routine life of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria while continuously fighting terror and maintaining the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel.

עד כאן.

מח' מידע ואינטרנט – אגף תקשורת
24 פברואר 2009

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