Israel is easing a ban on Palestinians entering from the West Bank. In one of his first moves since taking office last week, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said he would soon sign an order allowing 12,000 Palestinian laborers and merchants from the West Bank to work in Israel. The permit largely would reverse a closure in place since March. There currently are no plans to open up the border with the Gaza Strip, given the high level of terrorist activity there.
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