According to the IDF, steps have been taken in order «to widen the free movement of the Palestinian population». This is in addition to the 145 roadblocks which were removed in the past year.
Two weeks ago, IDF troops caught a member of the NGO «Machsom Watch», climbing on the security fence to receive a package from a Palestinian. When the woman saw the soldiers she reportedly threw the package back over the fence and fled the scene.
On Tuesday, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded after he was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian next to the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus.
The Israel Defense Forces has declared the area around the West Bank city of Nablus a closed military zone, in order to prevent left-wing activists from entering the area, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.
The Human Rights Organization «Yesh Din» on Wednesday slammed the decision to declare the area a closed military zone, saying only in totalitarian countries are humanitarian organizations banned from areas where there is friction between the military and the civilian population.
Source: The Israeli daily «Haaretz».
The two Intifadas forced Israel to put up roadblocks in Judea and Samaria, to stop suicide bombers from entering into populated areas with a Jewish majority.
Again the Israeli government is showing its goodwill, and that the Jewish Nations wants to do almost everything to be able to live is peace. Even without Radical Islam promising to end violence as a political tool, the IDF is opening up the area for free civilian transportation.
Only time will tell is this is an act of wisdom. Lets hope and pray that the Arabs will use this opportunity to increase trade and business, not only a lull to prepare for the next terrorist ploy on Jewish targets.