20 August 2001

DM Ben-Eliezer: Security establishment to consider steps to ease conditions for Palestinians
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer decided on Monday, August 20, 2001, on a number of steps to ease conditions for the Palestinian population. In this context, he directed the security establishment to consider the possibility of gradually allowing the entry of Palestinians into Israel in accordance with Israel’s economic needs and according to security criteria that will be determined by security officials. At the same time, the Defense Minister approved the immediate entry of up to 5,000 Palestinian workers for the olive-picking season.

Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer attributes great importance to easing conditions for the larger Palestinian population so as to enable the basic maintenance of the fabric of social life. This policy is designed to prevent additional population groups from joining the cycle of violence and to provide a response to humanitarian needs.

Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer stressed that parallel to this policy, there will be an unyielding and focused war on terrorism.  

 DM Ben-Eliezer- Security establishment to consider steps to ease conditions for Palestinians-20-Aug-2001
 DM Ben-Eliezer- Security establishment to consider steps to ease conditions for Palestinians-20-Aug-2001
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