Israel Blocking Palestinian Officials From Using Main Jordan Crossing

Only Palestinian President Abbas and Palestinian PM Fayyad will be allowed to use the Allenby Bridge; nevertheless, former PM Qureia attempts to cross.

Israeli authorities have decided to block any Palestinian official aside from the president and prime minister from crossing over the Allenby Bridge from the West Bank into Jordan.

Coordinator of Government Activities in the West Bank Eitan Dangot announced the decision late Wednesday.

Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad AP 10.9.2010

The move seems geared specifically at two senior members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement –  Ahmed Qureia and Mahmoud Dahlan – who have made aggressive remarks about Israel of late.

Despite the warning, Qureia arrived at the crossing late Wednesday with plans of crossing into Jordan. Qureia is a former Palestinian prime minister and negotiator.

Dangot's office described the move as an attempt to apply unified conditions to Palestinian officials, other than Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.