Israel recognizes the residency status of thousands of Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria for years The decision will from now on allow them to pass through the crossings, move between the PA’s territories and abroad, and submit an application for a work permit in Israel or for medical treatment in Israel.
Israel has decided to recognize thousands of Palestinians in a way that will allow them to pass through the crossings from now on, move between the PA’s territories and abroad, and submit an application for a work permit in Israel or medical treatment in Israel. This step was taken for the first time in a decade as a tribute to the Palestinian Authority.
From the signs of the government formed in cooperation with RAAM and Meretz, 2,800 Palestinians from Gaza who moved to the West Bank even before Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, will be recognized. Yes, there are another 1,200 Palestinians who also live in the West Bank, including those who were born in it but were not legally registered in the Palestinian population register for various reasons. The above was in constant danger of deportation. This is what Gal Berger reports in Here News.
The Coordinator of Government Operations in the Occupied Territories, Major General Rassan Aliyan, has officially announced this to the Palestinian Authority. The Oslo Accords stipulate that Israel must approve permanent residency for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and that any change in the Palestinian population register, including a change of residence address, requires Israel’s approval.
The permit, issued by Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, effectively regulates an existing situation in which thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank have lived there for many years without a permit or without documentation (no identity), and will now be issued a Palestinian identity card or have their Gaza address changed from Gaza to the West Bank.
It should be noted that these are not Palestinians living abroad who will now enter the West Bank, as part of family reunification, and this is not an increase in the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria but a regulation of the status of an existing population that has been in the West Bank for many years.
In the past, Israel has given similar permits to the Palestinian Authority. In 2011, the Netanyahu government approved about 3,000 permits for Palestinians with no status in the West Bank and no identity, and between 2007 and 2009, the Olmert government approved 35,000 such permits. Palestinians who were then recognized as residents of Judea and Samaria – including those who fled the Gaza Strip to the West Bank during Hamas’ takeover of the Strip in the summer of 2007.