Defense Ministry seeks to grant 6,000 Palestinian permits

As a gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Defense Ministry wants to grant Palestinians an additional 6,000 permits for construction work in Israel, including in West Bank settlements.
The measure would help the Palestinian and Israeli economy, said the spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. It will also improve the quality of life for Palestinian laborers, he said.
Just last month, Israel granted the Palestinians an additional 5,000 permits for construction work, for a total of 24,500 Palestinian laborers.