(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Wednesday, 25 January 2006) held a discussion on the security fence. Foreign and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra, Minister Tzahi Hanegbi, Israel Police Inspector-General Moshe Karadi and IDF Deputy Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky participated in the discussion, which centered on various issues regarding the route of the fence, the operation of the fence, the seam zone, and the crossings.

Acting Prime Minister Olmert decided to submit to the cabinet a change in the route of the fence in the area of Beit Iksa village.  In the wake of the unequivocal recommendation of the IDF, the ISA, and the Israel Police, which stems from accumulated experience in operating the fence, it was decided that the village, which is in Area B, would be removed from the seam zone and that a fence would be erected separating the village from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot.

Acting PM Olmert also decided to tour several points along the route of the fence in the near future in order to closely consider several as yet unresolved issues.