IDF chief says may consider reducing incursions into Palestinian towns

March 15, 2016 14:30


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Israeli defense officials, eager to preserve security coordination with the Palestinian Authority, are examining ways to lower friction between the army and the locals in Palestinian towns, the country’s top military official told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

The IDF chief of staff told lawmakers on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that army officers and their Palestinian counterparts are in frequent discussion about reducing Israeli incursions into areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

The army chief, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, was responding to reports in the press in recent days indicating that secret talks were being held between senior IDF officers and PA security chiefs with the intention of gradually re-establishing full Palestinian control over Area A.

The 1993 Oslo Accords stipulate that large West Bank towns designated as Area A are to be administered both militarily and politically by the Palestinian Authority.

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