Liberman, Eizenkot authorize selected Arab entry

Defense Minister, IDF Chief of Staff allow PA Arabs doing 'essential jobs' into Israel despite IDF closure for Sukkot holiday,

Uzi Baruch ,

The Mizmoriya checkpoint
The Mizmoriya checkpoint
Eliran Aharon

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot conducted an assessment Thursday evening and decided to allow entry of Arabs employed in what they termed "essential jobs" into pre-1967 Israel from Area C who are employed in Israel.

The decision of Liberman and Eisenkot was made following the request of public bodies and government ministries, and was made despite the IDF closure imposed on Judea and Samaria during the Sukkot holiday.

The Defense Minister instructed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, to examine the applications and approve them according to the needs of Israel's economy.

The IDF imposed a full closure on Judea and Samaria and the Gaza border crossings ahead of the Sukkot holiday at 12:00 a.m. Tuesday night. The closure is to last for the duration of Sukkot.

The closure will be lifted and the crossings will be opened next Saturday night at midnight.