The spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced yesterday, August 2, 2011 that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the following measures in honor of the month of Ramadan, celebrated by Palestinian Muslims, and as part of the civilian policy towards the Gaza Strip:The import of construction materials for ten private sector factories in Gaza, under the supervision of the international community.
- Textile and furniture exports and expansion of agricultural exports to Jordan.
- An additional 3 million cubic meters of water from Israel will be transferred to Gaza as part of an effort to improve the quantity and quality of drinking water for the Gaza Strip population.
- Change of address for more than 1,900 Gaza citizens, who have residence in Judea and Samaria.
- Increasing the number of merchants permitted to enter Israel and Judea and Samaria.
These measures were made possible following administrative work, which was directed by COGAT and included numerous meetings with various governmental ministries and security agencies, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community.
This week, Major General Eitan Dangot, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, met with representatives of the Palestinian Authority and updated them on the concessions and gestures that were approved for the holiday in the West Bank and Gaza.