The Israel Defense Forces does not intend to renew its contract with some 170 security guards in West Bank settlements, military sources told Haaretz on Monday. The Israel Defense Forces currently holds contracts until the end of 2007 with employed civilian guards who provide security for 35 settlements. The IDF had hired up to eight guards in each settlement, usually residents of that settlement, the sources said. Guards patrolled the settlements' boundaries and constituted the communities' first line of defense in terror attacks.
The Palestinian Authority must establish a strong welfare system in the West Bank to win elections and gain more support than Hamas, according to a plan formulated by a senior Israeli official. ++++ US survey raises eyebrows in Jerusalem Hier gibt es den report. :-)))) Fast so "gut" wie Saudi-Arabien!!!!