Jerusalem, 26 November 2000

Ramadan Greetings

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

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Ramadan at Al-Aqsa mosque, January 1998

At the Cabinet meeting held on November 26, 2000, Prime Minister Ehud Barak conveyed to the members of Israel’s Moslem community his greetings and those of the government of Israel on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

He expressed the hope that this month will bring a healing of scars and the cultivating of the delicate and vital fabric of co-existence which has been woven between Jews and Arabs, and among all communities.

On November 27, Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami outlined the following Israeli confidence-building measures for Ramadan, November 2000:

1. Civilian

  • The Rafah and Allenby Bridge crossings will be opened.
  • Israel will transfer 33 percent of Palestinian remittances and payments to the PA.
  • Gas and fuel supplies will continue.
  • Food, medical supplies, agricultural produce and other humanitarian aid will pass through the Karni crossing.
  • Construction material will be permitted into the territories, with priority given to material originating from Jordan.
  • Permission to import 18 ambulances through the Rafah crossing.
  • Holders of VIP-1 identity cards will be allowed freedom of movement, except those connected to or identified with terrorist activities.
  • Dahaniyeh airport in Gaza will open on November 29, contingent upon security coordination.

    2. Military-Operational

  • Minimized engagement and friction in critical points.
  • Reconvention of the Trilateral Security Committee.
  • Tanks: The Israel Defense Forces will withdraw its tanks wherever possible and scale down their presence in other areas.

    3. Religious

  • Temple Mount (Haram a-Sharif): Israel will allow Israeli Arabs and residents of East Jerusalem to enter and pray at the site throughout the month of Ramadan, with no age restriction, subject to the authorization of the security services.

       

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