(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
 
A coordination meeting took place today, May 27, 2008, between the Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brigadier General Noam Tibon, the Head of Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and representatives from the Palestinian security forces including the Palestinian Authority Minister of Social Affairs.

During the meeting, which was held at the Palestinian Authority offices in Ramallah, the parties discussed the activity of the Palestinian security forces in the area of Jenin and northern Samaria. The Palestinians expressed their appreciation at the assistance received from the Israelis which contributed to the success of the financial conference in Bethlehem over the weekend. 

In addition, during the meeting, the Israeli side presented the easing of restrictions recently implemented by the IDF, as part of the policy of the Ministry of Defense. The Palestinians expressed satisfaction at the steps taken and requested to continue and strengthen the Palestinian security forces and the PA.

At the meeting, which was reportedly held in a positive atmosphere, both sides agreed on holding additional meetings like this in the future.