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Israel grants 15,000 more work permits to Palestinians

The move comes amid other steps by the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to prevent the collapse of the Palestinian economy.
Palestinian laborers working in Israel cross the Mitar checkpoint in Hebron, West Bank, May 3, 2020.

Cabinet ministers approved Aug. 1 the increase of the number of work permits for West Bank Palestinians to work in Israel by 15,000. These permits will be handed to Palestinians working in the Israeli construction sector. After the Cabinet approval, Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted that the decision reached by the Cabinet was the result of an agreement between the Housing, Finance, Defense and Regional Cooperation ministries. He continued, “This is an important step that will strengthen the Palestinian and Israeli economies and our shared interests.”

The initiative to increase the number of work permits to a total of some 106,000, was first announced by Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej, who had reportedly developed the plan together with Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin. Following Frej’s announcement, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced July 28 it will issue some 16,000 permits for Palestinian West Bank laborers to work in the construction and hotel industries, 15,000 in construction and 1,000 in the tourism sector.

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