(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

As part of the planned easing of restrictions for the Palestinian population in the West Bank, a coordination meeting took place today, April 18, 2008 between the Head of Civil Administration, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai, Palestinian Authority Minister of Social Affairs, Hussein a-Sheikh, and representatives of the Palestinian security forces. The participants discussed the continued implementation of the easing of restrictions policy.

During the meeting, viewed by the participants as successful, it was decided that Israel will in principle allow the opening of 20 police stations manned by Palestinian policemen in various cities and villages in Judea and Samaria. The extent of their areas of jurisdiction will be coordinated with the IDF. Local IDF Brigade Commanders will be holding coordination meetings with their counterparts prior to the opening of the police stations in order to implement the agreement. In the meantime, 100 certificates were issued this week, alleviating travel restrictions for senior Palestinian civil and security officials. 

Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, commenting on the meeting, said that "These are additional steps taken to support the Palestinian government and to ease the movement of the Palestinian population, while preserving maximum securit."