The IDF Spokesperson requests to clarify that in contrast to publications in the media, the IDF Chief of Staff has no objections to the easing of restrictions on the Palestinian civilian population, but rather is in favor of easing restrictions. The IDF Chief of Staff objects to retreating from the Abu Snina and Harat a-Shiekh hills. Such “easing of restrictions” would pose a security risk and would make it more difficult to protect Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. This is important insofar as the Palestinian Authority does not prevent terror attacks, as it is required.