Defense officials announced Tuesday that 3,000 Palestinian workers aged 35 and over will be allowed to enter Israel to work, raising the number of Palestinians with work permits to 10,000.
As part of the policy of the security forces to ease the lives of Palestinians not involved in terrorist activities, a decision was made to continue easing conditions on the Palestinian population in the West bank and Jordan valley.
A few weeks ago, Defense Minister Amir Peretz approved the entrance of 16,500 Palestinian workers into Israel.
With that, however, the closure on the Gaza Strip continues, and Palestinian workers cannot enter Israel through the Erez crossing.
Means to release pressure in PA
The Karni crossing for the movement of goods between Israel and the Gaza Strip remains open despite warnings received on intentions of terror organizations to carry out attacks in the area.
Peretz said that the easing of conditions on Palestinians was a means to release pressure in the Palestinian Authority, and of influencing all levels of relations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings in southern Gaza were closed due to intelligence on intentions of terror organizations to carry out an attack.
The Sufa crossing is mainly used to bring construction material into Gaza, while Kerem Shalom is used to transfer goods from Egypt to Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces believes that the crossings will reopen shortly.