(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

During the upcoming Christian holidays, including Easter which will begin on Thursday, April 1, 2010, goodwill measures are being implemented by the IDF and CoGAT for the benefit of the Palestinian population in the Judea and Samaria region and the Gaza Strip. The goodwill measures are implemented under the directives of the Minister of Defense of Israel, Mr. Ehud Barak, and the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and are in accordance with security assessments held by the IDF and CoGAT.

The measures, which were initiated on March 24, 2010 and will continue to be in effect until Wednesday, April 7, 2010, are part of a policy aimed to improve the quality of life of the population in the region.

The goodwill measures include the following:

In the Judea and Samaria region:

  • More than 10,000 Palestinian residents of the Judea and Samaria region will be allowed entry into Israel for the duration of two weeks.

In the Gaza Strip

  • 500 Christian-Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip will be allowed to enter Israel and the Judea and Samaria region in order to visit their families and participate in religious ceremonies between April 1 and April 7, 2010.
  • Senior delegations will be authorized to cross into the Gaza Strip via the Erez Crossing.