IDF soldiers enter the city of Jenin/without credit
The defense establishment was again asked to examine the possibility of recommending the entry of Palestinian workers from Judea and Samaria to work in Israel. This is due to the growing distress of the farmers, and the produce waiting in the fields. However, as of this writing, the IDF opposes the move, due to the fear of terrorist attacks. The Shin Bet also opposes the entry of workers, but has proposed reexamining the age criterion.
Sources in the defense establishment estimate that the political echelon will find it difficult to decide against the recommendation of the defense establishment, despite the plight of farmers who are crying out for working hands, and will extend the closure of the territories until further notice.
Palestinian workers from the Occupied Territories in Israel/Reuters
IDF activity in Jenin/official website, Amir Bohbut
According to assessments in the defense establishment, the political echelon will be required to accelerate processes for bringing foreign workers from abroad to a number of industries in the economy, including construction and agriculture. At this stage, the IDF is having difficulty assessing how Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will react, and what he will fire at the PA's civilian and security systems, in light of the failure to bring 130,000 Palestinian workers to work in Israel and the failure to transfer the tax revenues.
Tens of thousands of PA officials received 50% of their salaries last month thanks to a special bank loan received by the Palestinian Authority. Sources in the defense establishment noted that alongside the worsening economic crisis in the West Bank, the Palestinian street understands that the war in the Gaza Strip will not end quickly. The PA has begun to conduct itself economically in accordance with the sanctions that Israel may apply against them. The security sources also noted that according to the internal Palestinian mood, there are harsh, not public, expressions of criticism of the massacre carried out by Hamas and the crimes that accompany it, which, they claimed, are contrary to Islam.
It is unclear what his instructions will be. Mahmoud Abbas with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken/Reuters
When asked how this was expressed, the security officials replied that in practice, the Palestinian public, which remained without work for a long period of time – including the holidays and the war – does not go out to demonstrate in the streets. It is important to emphasize that there have been no public condemnations by the PA leadership and opinion leaders in Palestinian society for the massacres, and there has been no change in the PA's policy or conduct towards Israel, including in the area of the education system and the historical distortions taught in schools.
Sources in the defense establishment do not rule out the possibility that in the coming years the Palestinian Authority will crumble to the point of collapse and dysfunction, and in its place another mechanism will be established, with American encouragement, that will take over the PA's responsibilities and authority. Since the beginning of the war, more than 2,200 Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity have been detained in the West Bank, 1,200 of them Hamas operatives.
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