Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinian Christians over Christmas holiday

Israel will permit 21,000 Christian residents of the West Bank and 5,000 Christians from the Gaza Strip to enter the country during the Christmas holiday, according to Israel Radio.
The announcement was made late Monday night by the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, IDF Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, during a meeting he held with Christian leaders in east Jerusalem.
Dangot is quoted by Israel Radio as saying that the defense establishment will ease restrictions on Palestinian movement in the territories in order to enable Christians to celebrate the holiday in a way that is "fitting."
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