File photo: Separation wall surrounding the West Bank

Israeli police demand enclosure of West Bank, Israeli gov’t denies

PNN/ Jerusalem/

A proposal by the Israeli occupation police suggesting to seal off the West Bank in order to prevent Palestinians from crossing the green line was rejected by the Israeli government last Thursday.

The recommendation to seal off the West Bank follows the wave of violence and clashes between Palestinians and occupation forces that have been occurring in the past two weeks, but it was declined by both the Shin Bet (Israeli internal intelligence service) and Israeli Minister of army, Moshe Ya’alon, whose counterargument that closing off the area would work as a collective punishment and incite further resistance instead of increasing security, was accepted by the government.

Additionally, the IOF does not advise that more military enforcement be sent to the occupied territories of the West Bank, and considers the four regiments that have already been sent there sufficient.