As part of the ongoing negotiations between security sources and members of the Palestinian Authority, IDF forces today at 16:00 transferred security responsibility for Bethlehem and the surrounding area A to the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF is committed to act in order to ensure the success of this transfer and will be closely monitoring the Palestinian Security forces.

The IDF continues to be responsible for the safety of all Israel’s citizens, and will use any means at its legal disposal to ensure their safety.