Jerusalem, 15 December 2010

Briefing on Israeli Policy Towards Palestinian Population In Judea, Samaria
& Gaza (Tue., 14 Dec. 2010)
(Communicated by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Media Advisor)

Public Diplomacy & Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein & Coordinator of
Govt. Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot yesterday (Tue.),
14.12.10, held a briefing on current Israeli policy towards the Palestinian
population in Judea, Samaria & Gaza.

Maj.-Gen Dagnot noted that while Israel is increasing its efforts to improve
the situation of the Palestinian population in Gaza, Israel must do so
without compromising its own security, and the safety of its civilian

These efforts include measures to increase movement of goods as much as
possible and encourage the proliferation of humanitarian projects
coordinated both with the PA and int’l organizations and governments.

Maj.-Gen Dagnot reminded that, paradoxically, during this same period of
efforts on the part of Israel to improve the situation of the Gazan
population, more than 20 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza at
the Kerem Shalom crossing point.  Israel pointedly is trying to
differentiate between its humanitarian measures to promote the wellbeing of
the Gazan civilian population, while battling Hamas that does not accord to
the conditions set by the Int’l Quartet and vehemently refuses to even
recognize the State of Israel‘s right to exit.

Minister Edelstein expressed his wish and the intentions of the Israel
Government to help the situation of Gazans, and Palestinians as a whole.
Replying to queries regarding Palestinian rights including freedom of
movement, the Minister said, “We would equally like to see those same
freedoms, accorded to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.”

ER/al, ms                                               12:00 hours

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Shira’s note:  This is to be read with the intention of sharing what news there really is and how leftist media decide not to acknowledge what really goes on in Israel and the ‘disputed’ territory.  They are not occupiers in their own land.  Israel does what it can humanitarian-wise and are not the oppressors.