Netanyahu: IDF retains the right to operate in Area A of Judea and Samaria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet on Wednesday that “the IDF reserves the option of entering Area A and anywhere else that operational needs demand,” according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon are making it clear that the IDF will continue to enter Area A Judea and Samaria, which is under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, as required by operational considerations.

Emerging from a security cabinet meeting, the word was that there has not been any other agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

Under the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Area A refers to territory under full Palestinian civil and security control. Following the wave of Palestinian suicide bombers against Israelis in the early 2000’s, however, the IDF reentered Area A and continues to conduct periodic counter-terror raids in the territory.

The security cabinet approved a five-year plan for the IDF. The Prime Minister’s Office says that this plan allows for supplying the military with advanced weapons systems, and strengthening even as the military would trim its budget and become more efficient.