Ya´alon orders IDF to minimize offensive missions in Gaza (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF 01/28/05)
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IDF Chief of General Staff Moshe Ya´alon has ordered the army to
reduce offensive operations in the Gaza Strip to a minimum in order
to enable PA forces to carry out their mission, Israel Radio reported
According to the report, the IDF will halt all offensive missions in
areas where Palestinian policemen have deployed to prevent the
launchings of Kassam rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel and
In addition, in accordance with security assessments and subordinate
to Palestinian security deployment to stop terror attacks at
crossings, the IDF will make arrangements to reopen Erez, Karni and
Rafah crossings next week for the benefit of the residents of the
Furthermore, the Chief of Staff has ordered that IDF targeting of
terrorists in the West Bank will only take place if there is an
immediate threat by active terrorist cells, and only with his
In accordance with security assessments, the IDF will also make
arrangements to ease movement on the roads in the West Bank.
In response, senior PA official Mohammad Dahlan said it was a
positive step that could increase the chances of reaching a ´hudna´
Also on Friday, Vice Premier Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Silvan
Shalom met separately with Palestinian Finance Minster Salam Fayyad
at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Army Radio
In the meetings, the senior officials discussed promoting joint
economic ventures and mobilizing the international business community
to invest in the territories.
Meanwhile, Israel opened the Karni crossing in the northern Gaza
Strip for several hours on Friday morning, during which merchandise
was exported from the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.
The site has been closed in the past two weeks, ever since the attack
at the crossing, which claimed the lives of six Israelis.
The decision was reached following a security evaluation and as an
Israeli gesture towards the Palestinians.
Earlier, four mortars were fired at a Gush Katif settlement. An
additional mortar was fired towards another settlement.
Furthermore, shots were exchanged between IDF forces and Palestinians
near Neve Dekalim.
In both incidents, no injuries or damage were reported. (© 1995-2005,
The Jerusalem Post 01/28/05)
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