Israel’s top general for the West Bank and the head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service last month toured shops in Jenin's new mall. And now Israeli security officials are mulling lifting a security ban on Jews entering West Bank cities, a move that could boost business through an influx of Israeli shoppers.
Amid the upheaval early in the last decade, the town was ruled by militant gangs who stepped into a vacuum of rule left by a weak Palestinian Authority. But now Palestinian security services throughout the West Bank are winning praise from Israel after US-supervised training in Jordan helped improve antiterrorism and anticrime activities.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has said that reestablishing the authority of the Palestinian government on the ground is a prerequisite for a political agreement.
"Coordination is better … there is an improvement," says Palestinian Gen. Radi Assidi, who refers to Israeli army officers responsible for the Jenin region as "my counterparts."