Barak to open Jalame checkpoint to Palestinian vehicles

Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his approval to open the Jalame checkpoint to Palestinian vehicles after meeting with Jenin District Governor Kadura Musa on Tuesday. Since 2000, Palestinian Authority-registered cars have not been allowed to pass through the checkpoint, located between Jenin and Mount Gilboa, without a special permit. Barak announced during his tour of the area that in the coming weeks, the checkpoint would be opened to allow the crossing of 400-500 cars a day. The announcement came the same day that security officials reported the arrest of seven terrorists, including a leading Hamas terrorist in Tulkarm and an active member of the PA security forces.