Army Offers to Remove Roadblocks

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel has offered to remove dirt roadblocks near two Palestinian Authority-controlled villages in exchange for a cessation of terror-related activities, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The proposal begins with the villages of Azun and Marda, which averaged 25 attacks monthly in the past year. Those attacks include throwing rocks, drive-by shootings, and Molotov cocktails.

In November, Ido Zoldan, 25, was murdered in a drive-by shooting on Highway 55.

A few months later, Palestinians shot an Israeli soldier waiting at a hitchhiking post in the area.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) regularly patrol Azun and Marda, both considered hotbeds of terror activity, which has helped minimize attacks, but a better solution is needed.

"Each time the troops entered the villages, shops would close down and schools would be disrupted," said Lt. Colonel Samir Amar, an IDF commander working in the area.

"We told them if they stopped the attacks, we would ease restrictions on the villages," Amar said. "Since then, there has not been a single incident in the past month and a half," he said.

The three roadblocks removed by the IDF allow villagers to reach the PA-controlled city of Kalkilya in 10 minutes instead of 45.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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