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Palestinian workers needed to prevent economic damage to Israeli farmersFollowing the decision to close of the West Bank during Sukkot, the Israel Police and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan recommended that 10,000 Palestinian employees be allowed to enter Israel.
After Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced the complete closure of the West Bank until after Sukkot, the Israel Police and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan sent him a recommendation to allow the entry of 10,000 Palestinian workers into Israel during Chol HaMoed.
The main reason for the recommendation is the potential damage to agricultural production, which could cause a heavy economic burden on a large number of farmers across the country. Although the police don’t oppose the request, they have several restrictions including a detailed indication on the work permits and organized transportation for the employees.
The IDF had originally warned against implementing the long closure of 11 days, but ultimately supported Lieberman’s decision following the deadly Har Adar terror attack. Israel also imposed a general closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during Yom Kippur.
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