We would like to clarify a statement made in Ethan Bronner’s July 16th New York Times article, “Signs of Hope Emerge in the West Bank.”
“Israel has promised to free a second frequency so that a competitor to Paltel can provide cell phone service, but it has not yet done so.”
Israel supplied a second cell phone frequency earlier this year, in accordance with its July 28, 2008 agreement with the Palestinian Authority to supply the necessary frequencies for a second cellular company.
The agreement is founded upon Israel’s commitment to assist in improving economic conditions in the West Bank. Unfortunately, competition between Palestinian cellular companies has resulted in this frequency going unused to date.
Furthermore, Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak wrote a letter this week to Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad reiterating the fact that the second frequency has been supplied and is available for use.