There were over 190,000 entrances from the West Bank into Israel for Palestinians receiving medical treatment in Israel and their companions in 2015. There was a 108% increase in the number of trucks entering Gaza and an increase of over 120% in the amount of goods entering Gaza.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT) is responsible for implementing the government’s civilian policy in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. COGAT is subordinated to the Minister of Defense and is part of the General Staff. It operates in coordination and conjunction with the Prime Minister’s Office, other government ministries, the security forces and the IDF General Staff.
On February 3, 2016, Brig. Gen. Munir Amar replaced Brig. Gen. David Menachem as head of COGAT’s Civil Administration in the West Bank.
During the past two and a half years, Brig. Gen. Menachem led constant efforts to improve and develop the economy and infrastructure of Judea and Samaria, assist the local population, and maintain Israel’s security. Examples include introducing initiatives to develop the agriculture, hi-tech and export sectors, to increase the number of Palestinian workers in Israel, to facilitate the entrance of Palestinian men over 55 and women over 50 from the West Bank into Israel, and generally increasing cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians.
Members of the Druze community make up about one third of COGAT’s officers both in the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration as well as in its Civil Administration in the West Bank. They make an invaluable contribution to the unit, serving as a bridge to the Arabic speaking populations.
In 2015 there was a 108% increase in the number of trucks entering Gaza and an increase of over 120% in the amount of goods entering Gaza. In 2015, 139,364 trucks of goods entered Gaza carrying construction materials (over 3.7 tons), medical equipment, and other good for the benefit of Gaza’s civilian population.
The entrance of merchants from Gaza into Israel has grown by 325% in the last year. In addition over 11,500 tons of agricultural goods from Gaza were distributed in Israel, Judea and Samaria, and abroad in 2015.
The number of diplomatic delegations to enter Gaza has increased by 23% in the last year. With the goal of promoting international projects and improving Gaza’s economy, COGAT’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration facilitated the entry of 1,182 diplomatic delegations into Gaza in 2015.
Last year, COGAT’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration coordinated the crossing of more than 250 students from Gaza in order to study abroad.