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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

US doesn't think Route 443 is safe either

On Tuesday, I reported that Israel's Shin Bet General Security Service has decided that Route 443 is not safe enough for the Prime Minister. The US government has now decided that it's not safe enough for their employees either.
“U.S. Government personnel and family members are permitted both official and personal travel on Route 443 between Modi'in and Jerusalem without prior notification, during daylight hours only,” the website states. “All other personal travel in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], unless specifically authorized for mission-approved purposes, is prohibited.”

Highway 443 is a major artery connecting Jerusalem with the area of Ben Gurion airport and metropolitan Tel Aviv. It was closed [to 'Palestinian' traffic. CiJ] in 2002 following several murderous Arab terrorist attacks. Answering a High Court petition filed filed by [Arab and. CiJ] pro-Arab groups, the High Court ruled the blanket closure was unfair to the general Arab population.

It ordered the IDF to install new security arrangements to protect Jewish drivers while allowing PA Arabs to drive on the road. Several rock throwing incidents have been reported on the highway since it was reopened several weeks ago.

Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch headed the panel and overruled conclusions concerning the danger of reopening the highway. Her decision noted the danger involved but that “despite the understanding for the security needs," keeping PA drivers off the road gives “rise to a feeling of inequality and even an association of unacceptable motives.”

The blanket U.S. order against travel in Judea and Samaria, without prior permission, previously has been posted despite dozens of “goodwill” measures that Israel, under pressure from the American government, has carried out to easy travel for PA Arabs. These measures generally involve checkpoints and roadblocks that were removed – and quickly followed by shootings.
Safe enough for thee but not for me.

What could go wrong?


At 11:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Let's have Dorit Beinisch and her idiot leftist cabal of justices drive on Route 443 without Shin Bet protection. If they are going to impose stupid orders on the rest of Israeli society, they should be forced to at least abide by them the same as every one else.

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

who put Beinish in this job ?

Arafat ?

Jimmi Carter ?


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