The Israeli army will be imposing a general closure on the West Bank and on crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel for Purim, following assessments of the security situation. The closure will begin Tuesday night and end Saturday night.
Last week, following a dispute between political and military elements on the urgency of relief for Gaza, the Shin Bet security service research division delivered a paper to the cabinet opining that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is grave but short of crisis.
For weeks top people in the army and the office coordinating activity in the territories have been warning political circles about the implications of the deteriorating situation in Gaza. At the start of the month Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot also warned the cabinet about the anticipated deterioration in Gaza.