This afternoon, Uri Rosenthal, the Dutch Foreign Minister, conducted a visit at the Allenby Bridge Crossing. The purpose of his visit was a progress evaluation of work done on the merchandise X-ray installation donated by the Dutch Government.
Date: 06.06.12 The inspection tour was led by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, and the Allenby Bridge Crossing manager, Mr. Yoni Dotan. Included in the tour were representatives from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee, the Israel Tax Authority, and the Airports Authority. Representatives from the Quartet and senior Palestinian officials also participated in the visit.
During the visit, Maj. Gen. Dangot briefed participants on the progress regarding the X-Ray machine and explained that, “the purpose of this project is to substantially improve [Palestinian] import and export capabilities. This installation will enable a 30% increase in commerce between the Palestinian Authority and foreign markets. This particular project is part of the wider effort to promote the private Palestinian sector in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, while maintaining the security interests of the State of Israel.”
On February 26, 2012, the Governments of Israel and the Netherlands signed on a joint declaration regarding the installation of a merchandise X-Ray machine at Allenby Bridge Crossing and eventually also at Kerem Shalom Crossing. The purpose of the X-Ray machine is to enable the increase of commerce from Gaza and Judea and Samaria to Jordan and from there to other countries in the world.