In an effort to maintain momentum on the ground in the absence of a peace deal with the Palestinians, [Israeli] Defense Minister Ehud Barak has drawn up a plan under which Palestinian security forces would take control of several key West Bank cities during the coming year.
On Wednesday, IDF regional commanders and Civil Administration head Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai will meet with their Palestinian counterparts to finalize details ahead of the planned deployment – possibly later this week – of 700 Palestinian policemen in Hebron.
Barak has presented the plan to US security coordinators for the region Generals Keith Dayton and James Jones, as well as to Quartet envoy Tony Blair, senior defense officials told The Jerusalem Post.
Following the deployment in Hebron, the Defense Ministry is also considering adopting the “Jenin model” in Nablus, Tulkarm and Kalkilya.
The “Jenin model” refers to a US-Israeli initiative in Jenin to gradually transfer security control of the city to the Palestinians.
Under the plan, which was launched earlier this year, the IDF scaled back its presence in the city, lifted roadblocks, permitted the deployment of US-trained Palestinian forces and opened the city to Israeli Arabs to improve the local economy.
In addition, construction is currently being done on a major industrial zone in conjunction with the Gilboa Regional Council.
via Jerusalem Post: Israel prepares to give PA control of additional cities