For the first time in the past decade, senior Palestinian police officers hosted GOC of the Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi in Jericho. During the visit, the Presidential Guard displayed a number of exercises and operational tactics which demonstrated the challenges faced by Palestinian security forces, especially in the field of close protection and rapid response. The Head of the Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai and senior IDF Central Command officers also accompanied the visit. “The relationship between the IDF and the Palestinian security apparatus is very professional and successful in creating the security quiet that protects all sides”, said Maj. Gen. Mizrahi.
Throughout the morning IDF and the Palestinian senior officers discussed ways to continue build the professional dialogue that has developed over the last two years and contribute to the stability of the security in the region. During the visit at the training facilities the Palestinian commanders presented the training grounds, rifle range, physical training course, living quarters and mess hall. Following the visit the entourage visited the Quarantal monastery via cable car much to the amazement of tourists that seemed puzzled at the sight of Israeli and Palestinian officers. During the visit the two sides discussed the possibility of reopening Palestinian cities, including Jericho, throughout the area for access of Israelis, an option that has been unsafe since 2000.