Responsibility for the Judean district was handed over to the Judea and Samaria division today. Due to the change, the operational headquarters of the Judea division which was formed during “Operation Defensive Shield,” will be dismantled.

Central command is currently conducting staff work to strengthen the Judea and Samaria headquarters and to strengthen the regional battalions in order to provide the best operational response.

The Judea division will continue to function as a reserve division, as it has been functioning until now under the command of Brigadier General Amos Ben Avraham. This change is a part of the 2003 work plan as decided by the Chief of Staff in light of budgetary cuts.