(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The IDF is lifting two dozen dirt roadblocks throughout the West Bank this week as a goodwill gesture to the Palestinians for the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha.
The decision was made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak following security consultations he held last week with OC Central Command Maj.- Gen. Avi Mizrachi and the new head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank, Brig.-Gen. Moti Elmoz.
Israel has lifted over 200 dirt roadblocks throughout the West Bank and 27 manned checkpoints since 2008.
In addition to the lifting of the roadblocks, Barak decided to extend
the hours that some of the crossings in the West Bank will be open this
The IDF this week is also scaling back its operations inside West Bank
cities and will allow Palestinian security forces to broaden the scope
of their operations.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday wished Israel’s Druse and Muslim citizens a happy holiday.
“We are celebrating this important holiday at a time when we are trying
to resume the negotiations for peace with our Palestinian neighbors and
to advance peace agreements with the other Arab countries,” Netanyahu
wrote in his holiday letter.
“We are committed to the historic effort to bring about a genuine peace,
coexistence, security and prosperity for all. Your support in this
effort is very important and I appreciate it very much.”