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Report: Palestinians stepping up cooperation
with Israel

TEL AVIV — Israel has reported increased security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.


In a report, the Israeli Defense Ministry asserted that security coordination with the PA has improved over the last year. The report, released on March 14, said the coordination resulted in a higher level of safety for Israelis in the West Bank, Middle East Newsline reported.

"Security coordination between Israel and the PA was broadened and the activities of the Palestinian security organizations in Judea and Samaria were expanded, leading to improved overall security and to an improved sense of security among Palestinians in Judea and Samaria," the report by the Coordinator of Activities in the Territories said.

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The report was released after the murders of five Jewish residents in their home in the northern West Bank on March 12. Israel has accused the PA of incitement against Jews and Israel that fueled the attack.

The Defense Ministry, however, did not cite any PA incitement. The report said 686 meetings were held between Israeli and PA commanders in 2010, an increase of 26 percent from the previous year.

"Periodic joint meetings take place between the commanders of the Palestinian security organizations and the general in command, the division commander, and the head of the Civil Administration," the report said. "National security command posts were visited and meetings at the brigade commander level held."

The report also cited meetings by joint security committees. Two of these panels were assigned to handle crime, including stolen vehicles, drugs and forgery that stemmed from the West Bank.

Israeli and PA police were also said to have doubled their cooperation over the last year. This included seminars on forensics, antiquity theft, car theft and community police operations.

PA police were given greater authority in 2010, the report said. The Defense Ministry said PA police were allowed to operate at night in the areas of Hebron, Jenin, Nablus and Ramallah.

"There was a 118 percent rise in the coordination of activity with Palestinian police — 2,968 instances of coordination in 2010 compared to 1,297 in 2009," the report said. "Hundreds of special permits were issued to members of the Palestinian security organizations."

The report said 52 PA police stations were operating in the rural areas of the West Bank. They said the police and other PA security forces began operating in such towns as Awarta, Badrus, Barta, Dura, Hawara, Jilazoun and Qibya.

"Explanatory and enforcement activity was employed against the phenomenon of drug abuse," the report said. "Enforcement of traffic regulations: there was a 53 percent rise in the number of traffic tickets issued."

The PA has also been expanding its National Security Forces. So far, seven NSF and Presidential Guard battalions have been trained in Jordan, with two additional NSF battalions having left for the Hashemite kingdom in late 2010.

"The departure of 200 civil defense policemen for training in Jordan was approved," the report said. "Courses and training was coordinated to improve the professionalism of Palestinian police — courses in command and conduct, political intent, computers, forensic evidence, driving, logistics, and others. The transfer of equipment to the Palestinian security organizations was approved."

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