In regard to publications in the media as to the IDF’s stand on the issue of maintaining an Israeli presence in Joseph’s Tomb, the IDF Spokesperson wishes to clarify that the deployment of the IDF force at the site is permitted by written agreements, signed with the Palestinian Authority. The IDF carries out the directives of the executive authorities and the decisions of the Israeli government. It will provide security and defend any location if the Israeli government decides Isreali citizens should be allowed to stay there and be able to reach it.