(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Further to decisions by the political echelon, and in continuation of the IDF’s policy to ease restrictions on the Palestinian population, the following steps will be taken starting today (13 November 2005) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:

West Bank:

  • Authorization for 8,000 Palestinian workers to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for the hiring of 1,000 Palestinian workers in the Atarot industrial area, north of Jerusalem.
  • Authorization for 500 hotel employees to enter and work in east Jerusalem.
  • Authorization for 7,000 merchants to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 1,700 Palestinians who work for international organizations to enter Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Strip:

  • Authorization for 2,000 Palestinian workers to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 1,000 merchants to enter and work in Israel.
  • Authorization for 200 contractors and Palestinians who work for international organizations from eastern Jerusalem to enter the Gaza Strip, subject to a detailed security check. 

In addition, 500 Palestinian workers from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip are authorized to enter Israel and work in factories which were transferred into Israel after the implementation of the Disengagement Plan.