IDF Mulls Entry to West Bank Cities by Jewish Israelis

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Katz - The IDF has told the Palestinian Authority it is willing to consider a request to permit Jewish Israelis to visit a number of West Bank cities as part of an effort to strengthen the Palestinian economy. On Monday, Head of IDF Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi visited Jenin as a guest of the PA's local security commander. Mizrahi was accompanied by a Palestinian security detail, while Palestinian policemen deployed along the main roads. During his meetings, Mizrahi was asked to allow Jewish Israelis to enter Jenin, once the West Bank's "terror capital," which sent at least 28 suicide bombers to Israel in 2000-2003. Israeli Arabs are already allowed into West Bank cities on weekends, and every Friday hundreds of Israeli cars cross over to shop in Palestinian markets. Jericho and Bethlehem are also under consideration for entry by Jewish Israelis.

2010-07-14 09:17:49

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