(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Following decisions made by the political echelon and in continuation with the IDF’s policy of easing restrictions on the Palestinian population, the following steps have been in effect since this morning, December 12, 2005 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip after the general closure that had been placed on these areas following the suicide bombing attack in the city of Netanya on December 5, 2005.

Judea and Samaria:

  • Authorization for 16,000 Palestinian workers to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 12,500 merchants to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 1,000 workers to enter and work in the Atarot industrial zone.
  • Authorization for 500 workers to enter and work in East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip:

  • Authorization for 7,000 workers to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 2,000 merchants to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 500 additional workers to enter Israel and work in factories that were relocated into Israel following the implementation of the Disengagement Plan.
  • The Karni goods crossing and Sufa security crossing will continue to function at full capacity, as they have throughout the closure.