(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following the Government’s  decision of November 30 regarding the release of Palestinian prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority on the occasion of Id al-Adha, the Ministerial Prisoner Release Committee met Sunday, 7 December 2008.

The committee approved the release of 230 Palestinian prisoners, all without "blood on their hands."  They are identified with Fatah and the various "fronts" and are serving sentences of varying lengths in Israeli prisons.

The list of prisoners was prepared by professionals in the Justice Ministry and the security establishment.

The release is planned for this Tuesday, 9 December 2008.


(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson

On the occasion of the upcoming Id al-Adha holiday and as a part of the package of confidence-building measures authorized by the political echelon and the General Staff, a number of measures for the Judea and Samaria region were decided upon in order to improve Palestinian daily life.

For the duration of the holiday, these measures include:

  • The Hawara, Awarta, Beit Furik and Beit Iba crossings will work overtime, from 5:00am until midnight.
  • Palestinian men aged over 45 will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount.
  • Israeli Arabs will be allowed to enter Area A in Judea and Samaria in order to visit their families.
  • Palestinian families in Judea and Samaria will be permitted to enter Israel in order to visit their immediate family.
  • The Fig crossing, north of Qalqiliya, will be open to the entry of Israeli Arabs into the city.
  • The crossing into Jericho will only conduct random vehicle checks.
  • The Allenby Bridge and Mussa Alami crossings to Jordan will be open 24 hours a day.

The IDF will continue its efforts to improve Palestinian daily life while ensuring the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel.