Skip to main content

PA spokesman: 'Israel has an Islamic State-like government'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Adnan al-Damiri, the Palestinian Authority security services' spokesman, reacts to the Israeli decision revoking his VIP border pass.
Palestinian police Colonel Adnan al-Damiri speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah about a deadly shootout in Qalqilya on May 31, 2009. Six people were killed in a West Bank shootout on May 31 during an arrest operation for a senior Hamas militant, deepening the rift between the rival Palestinian factions. The Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip warned that the rival Fatah movement loyal to president Mahmud Abbas had crossed a "red line" by carrying out the operation whi

Maj. Gen. Yoav "Poli" Mordechai, coordinator of government activities in the territories, decided Oct. 28 to revoke the VIP pass that Israel had given Gen. Adnan al-Damiri, the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services' spokesman. This pass, which Israel confers on high-level PA officials, enables them to enter Israel from the PA side.

It guarantees them a speedy, unimpeded entrance, bypassing inspections at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) barriers scattered throughout the West Bank. Mordechai made his decision after Damiri’s statements in recent months against Israel’s policies in the territories and especially against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 for annual access.