Israeli security forces, in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, will implement measures to facilitate the Palestinian olive harvest in Judea and Samaria, while maintaining security for the Jewish citizens there.

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

The IDF, in coordination with the Civil Administration and the Israeli Police, are preparing for the olive harvesting season in the Judea and Samaria area, which will take place during the months of October through December.

As a part of these preparations, meetings have been held between Civil Administration personnel and their Palestinian colleagues. The meetings included representatives of the various villages in the region, as well as important figures from the Palestinian Authority (PA) including the PA Olive Oil Department, and were held in order to coordinate a schedule for the harvest. In addition, Israeli security forces authorized the plan for the harvest, during which they will provide security, after conducting security assessments.

Permits to harvest olives in the seam zone have been granted to approximately 3,000 Palestinian workers for the duration of the harvest. Accordingly, the agricultural gates, which allow Palestinian workers to enter the olive groves in the zone, will remain open for longer hours than usual.

In general, access to most of the olive-growing areas in Judea and Samaria will not require coordination with the IDF and Civil Administration. However, as a result of past experience as well as the prevailing security conditions, entry during the harvest to certain limited areas  must be coordinated with the IDF and Civil Administration.

In addition, Israeli civilians will not be permitted to enter particular olive-growing areas, in order to prevent friction. Representatives of the Civil Administration, Israel Police and IDF will be present in these areas.

This year, as in the past, various Israeli non-profit aid organizations are expected to be extensively involved in the Palestinian olive harvest. Representatives of the Civil Administration have met with representatives of these organizations and agreed on guidelines for their activity during the olive harvest.

The IDF, the Civil Administration and the Israeli Police will continue to strive to create conditions for the Palestinian population to lead normal daily lives, while continuing to fight terrorism and ensure the security of the citizens of Israel.