The Chief of the General Staff briefed the Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on easing of restrictions for Palestinians

Date: 01/09/2009, 5:38 PM    

On Tuesday (Sep 1), the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, met with Tony Blair, the Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. During the meeting, the two of them discussed the regional situation. Moreover they talked about various subjects regarding Israel’s current safety measures, with an emphasis on the Judea and Samaria region.

The Chief of the General Staff informed Blair that the IDF (Zahal) recently approved a number of additional steps in order to ease more restrictions for Palestinians in the Judea and Samaria region, and that the economic situation of the Palestinian residents continues to improve, simultaneously to the security operations carried out by security bodies of the Palestinian authority.

The Quartet is an international body including the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, that was founded in 2002 with the objective of supervising the finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2007, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was appointed representative of the Quartet on the Middle East.