(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
A coordination meeting took place yesterday, August 11, 2008, in the Muka’ata area in Jenin. The meeting was held in order to strengthen security coordination between Palestinian and IDF Security Forces in the Judea and Samaria region as well as to review the achievements of the Palestinian Authority in the last four months. The meeting was held by the Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Noam Tibon, the Head of Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, additional IDF officers and representatives from the Palestinian Security Authorities.
Following the governmental decision to authorize a series of measures to improve quality of life for the Palestinian population, 470 additional Palestinian Police officers were deployed in the area of Jenin as part of the recent campaign for improving public order in the region. In addition, parliamentary approval was received to open 20 Palestinian police stations, four of which are in the Jenin area alone. An advanced system for coordinating the activities of Palestinian security officials was established, building of security infrastructure was promoted and documents for fast and easy passage through the crossings were handed out to senior officials.
"This meeting is another step in the improvement of relations and the increasing of coordination with the Palestinians. Entry of IDF officers, accompanied by Palestinian officials, into the Muka’ata area in Jenin is not just symbolic, but a significant and important milestone that will enable the best possible oversight of the proficiency of the Palestinian Security Infrastructure," said the Head of the Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai at the end of the meeting.