Israel approves 4000 Palestinians for residency in West Bank

Israel approves 4000 Palestinians for residency in West Bank
Israel approves 4000 Palestinians for residency in West Bank

4,000 Palestinians were approved for residency in the West Bank area by Israel on Tuesday. They have been living in the Israel occupied territory with no official approval.

This decision also played an essential role for those 2,800 inhabitants who left the part of Gaza Strips that was seized by the Hamas Islamist militants. This area was captured by militants of Hamas during internal Palestinian fighting in 2007. This statement was stated by Israel’s COGAT liaison office to the Palestinians. 1,200 other Palestinians those are not having their documents, including children and spouses of West Bank Residents, can also receive the official status.


Those people who are registered in the Palestinian Population Registry that is controlled by Israel after getting themselves registered would be getting Identification cards. After getting an ID card and having the proper documentation, the person would be allowed to pass through the checkpoints of the Israeli military in the area of West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 war.

In the 1990s, following an interim peace deal, Palestinian Authority was established that was given the power after the approval by Israel that it could allow permanent residency to those people in the West Bank and Gaza to children of Palestinian residents and their spouses. This accord lack in specifying any figure of family reunification.

Israel stopped this process in September 2000 when the Palestinian registrations were hiking in the numbers. In starting, it gave approval to some 32,000 reunification requests in 2008 and 2009, but after that, it denied many permissions. Since then, many cases have been in waiting.

Israeli Defence Minister Gantz gave the fresh permissions after 7-week talks between him and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israel’s new government was formed in June, since then, this was the highest-level meeting between Abbas and an Israeli minister that was made public.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a far-right politician, resists the work pro towards a Palestinian state, a divisive issue his cross-partisan government is unlikely to pursue. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.