Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Photo: Moti Kimchi
YNetNews By: Moran Azulay
Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot responds to reports that Israel plans to withdraw from Area A; he clarifies that talks are unconnected to political and diplomatic negotiations.
Amid reports that the IDF is having discussions with the Palestinian Authority Security Services (PSS) on a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Area A, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot clarified on Tuesday that the talks were held among commanders on the ground rather than on the political level.
“The goal of the discussions is to strengthen the effectiveness of regional security while examining the possibility of decreasing the number of IDF incursions into Area A, Eisenkot told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. “These discussions were preliminary and the IDF is not even currently located in Area A on a permanent basis and only enters for operational purposes. Similar discussions took place previously when I was in command of the Judea and Samaria Division. Thus, this is not a new idea. The IDF will preserve its full ability to act in Area A.”