military officials decided Thursday to impose an entire closure
on all Palestinian territories during the Jewish holidays. The closure
order would be in effect from Thursday night until Monday morning.
The entire Palestinian population will be banned
from entering Israel or move through certain major West Bank check
posts. Nevertheless, Israel decided to keep Erez crossing between
Israel and the Gaza Strip open.
Only in special humanitarian cases, Palestinians who
hold special permits issued by the Israeli liaison office will be
allowed through military check posts.
Despite the relative calm in the region during the
past few weeks, Israeli security decided Thursday to declare a state of
high alert and deploy thousands of policemen and security personnel in
public areas across Israel.
Jewish holidays coincides with Christian Easter,
therefore, Palestinian Christians would suffer the most of the declared