This actually matters, and it makes a difference. Call it what you want, the result of political pressure, good will, Palestinian security efforts, whatever. It helps and it must be supported, even by those who bitterly oppose the Netanyahu government.
September 16th, 2009
16:45 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Removal of One Hundred Road Blocks in Judea and Samaria
Today, following the directives given by the Israeli government, the Israel Defense Forces began removing 100 road blocks in the Judea and Samaria region,. The removal of these road blocks will improve traffic between rural areas and villages to the central transportation arteries in Judea and Samaria. The decision to carry out these improvements was made in accordance with the directives of Defense Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, and in light of security assesments by the IDF Central Command and the Chief of the General Staff , Lietenant General Gabi Ashkenazi.
The IDF will remove road blocks over the next several days, a process expected to end by the Eid ul-Fitr holiday next week. The decision is a continuation of the government policy to improve the economic situation in the region while maintaining the operational flexibility of the Israel Defense Force and security forces.
The IDF will continue to act in accordance with the decisions of the Israeli government and security assessments in order to improve the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the Judea and Samaria region and to secure the safety of Israeli citizens.