The offices of the Interior Ministry's Population and Immigration Authority will start issuing the biometric smart-card identification, Tuesday, in Gilo and other parts of Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim and Beit Shemesh. The card is being offered in new offices every week on a gradual basis.
The goal of the voluntary pilot program, which got under way on July 8th, is to fight identity theft and forgery. Of the 600,000 identity cards issued every year, 160,000 are issued to replace lost or stolen cards. The program is scheduled to last two years.