Gaza Border Reopens After A Week by Adam Moses

Avigdor Lieberman

The Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza reopened on Monday.
The border was closed for a week, aside from humanitarian grounds, after protests increased following a ceasefire on the Strip.
Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the decision after consulting with the IDF and security advisors.
The crossing is used for goods and medical care.
Regular situation assessments take place between Lieberman, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and other military personnel.
In related news, the IDF has demolished the home of 17-year-old terrorist Mohammad Tareq Yousef.
Protests took place during the military operation in the West Bank village of Kobar.
Teenage killer Yousef murdered 31-year-old dad of two Yotam Ovadia in a stabbing incident in Adam last month.
Yousef broke into the settlement through a fence, randomly stabbed three people being shot dead by one of the victims.
Ovadia died from his injuries, the other two victims suffered injuries.
Palestinians hurled stones, Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs and burned tyres at IDF soldiers during the operation.
The teen terrorists’ home was destroyed quicker that similar incidents after ongoing criticism of a deterrence policy against future attacks.
Bayit Yehudi party factions has questioned Dina Poliak, Ministry of Defence Freedom of Information officer, Public Security Ministry, Israeli Police and IDF on the matter.
IDF figures say 35 terrorists’ homes have been raised to the ground and five sealed between 2015 and 2017.
Four houses have been demolished and one sealed, with three demolitions pending, to date this year.
A legal case about one of the homes is ongoing with the family of a terrorist who murdered Adiel Kolman at Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem five months ago.
Meantime, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot has instigated a program to improve conditions for combat soldiers.
Eisenkot, who ends his term as the IDF’s chief soon, has ensured battalion commanders will allocate funds from an agreed budget to reduce a dependence on donations.
The plan is an extension of measures undertaken by Eisenkot during his four-year-term.
Eisenkot has doubled salaries for combat soldiers, who also receive NIS 2,000 for reaching a third year of service, and improved bases, especially in the north of Israel.
The biggest impact however is a grant to fund three years academic studies.
Eisenkot initiated an IDF committee, which includes his deputy, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, Head of Northern Command Staff Brig. Gen. Asher Ben-Lulu, Commander of Ground Forces Major General Kobi Barak, Head of Manpower Directorate Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz and eight brigade commanders to secure the improvements over a seven-month period.
The program will be implemented over two years.
Each battalion enjoys 30 days access to a rented vehicle, TV and games consoles entertainment rooms and mobile fitness areas ensuring soldiers exercise in the field.
Medical conditions are also set to be improved.
In that regard, more emergency medical treatment on wounded soldiers is set to take place in field surgeries behind enemy lines to reduce rescue helicopters facing enemy fire prior to evacuation to Israeli hospitals.
Medical Corps data demonstrates that 90 percent of severely wounded soldiers will be saved if bleeding is stopped early.
Doctors, paramedics and nurses will be given training as part a new front line serving medical teams.
Special monitoring equipment will be attached to casualties and battalion medical equipment will enable doctors to hold online consultations with a specialist.
Medic teams will also have a drone available for logistical needs.
Drone tests are currently taking place.
Despite an 18 percent shortage of IDF doctors, most combat support positions are taken.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot is behind the strategy, which will see further investment over the coming decade.