The Israeli Defense Forces announced Saturday night that it would enforce a closure on Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip over Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, from Sunday to Tuesday.
“Palestinians will not be able to enter Israeli territories, except for humanitarian or medical cases,” the IDF said. The closure began at Sunday at 12:01 a.m and would be lifted at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday “in accordance with situational assessments,” the army said.
Such closures are common ahead of Israeli holidays, but comes amid a recent uptick in attacks or attempted terror attacks by Arab terrorists against Israelis that ended months of relative calm.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a Rosh Hashanah greeting on Saturday, evoking the memory of the late former Prime Minister Shimon Peres who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93.
“Shimon was a man of vision and optimism,” Netanyahu said. “And I think Shimon would want us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah this year by looking back with pride and looking forward with hope.”
“As Shimon was, I am extremely hopeful about our future. Israel will continue working for peace,” Netanyahu said.
“We’ll continue expanding opportunity for all our citizens. We’ll continue to be a beacon of light and freedom in a dark and repressive region,” he added.