Excluding the checkpoints between the West Bank and Israel itself which remain in place, the report says the army is now manning only ten checkpoints within the West Bank. Eighteen months ago, no fewer than 35 such roadblocks were fully operational.
This move amounts to a first Israeli acknowledgment that the security situation in the West Bank has improved as a result of a U.S.-led effort to build up the security forces of the Palestinian Authority under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The authors, Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler, are former CNN journalists. Jerrold, South African Habonim leftwinger, and Pierre, trendy Frenchman, are going to be wrong yet again.
We have no real proof that the security situation is as rosy as they wish us to believe. In fact, if you check any news agency daily, you will read that after almost every evening here, another few suspected terrorists are arrested. Not all, true, are guilty and some may even be peace activists with information Israel needs. Nevertheless, security can never be entrusted to persons who do not wish us well.
And another "fact":
Benjamin Netanyahu is sorely misjudging this shift in the overall thrust of U.S. policy.
Well, we'll see.