Netherlands helps speed up Palestinian goods traffic and improve Israeli security
The Netherlands is helping speed up goods traffic with the Palestinian Territories by paying for a container scanner. In the past year, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has gained support for this initiative from both Israelis and Palestinians. Today, he signed an implementation agreement.
The scanner will be placed at the Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank. This is a notorious bottleneck for Palestinian exports and imports because the security controls there are so lengthy. The scanner will speed up the security process, enabling imports and exports to grow by 30%. It will also improve security in Israel.
‘The benefits are twofold,’ says Mr Rosenthal, ‘Goods for the Palestinians, security for the Israelis. The agreement on the scanner could only come about thanks to our good relations with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.’
The scanner will belong to the Palestinian Authority and be operated by Israeli customs. It will be bought by the UN acquisitions office.