In correspondence with the Minister of Defense Benjamin Ben Eliezer’s instructions, the Chief of General Staff Shaul Mofaz instructed the IDF forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to avoid attack operations against the Palestinians. The forces located in areas under complete Palestinian control (A territories), immediately departed the said territories. These instructions were issued with the purpose of testing the application of the statement made by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, calling to stop all firing from the Palestinian side. Furthermore, the instructions issued act as an expression made by the political grade who again seize any possible chance to put a stop to the violence and return life to normal.