MK Ariel Connects 'Gestures,' Attack
(IsraelNN.com) MK Uri Ariel (NU/NRP) attributed an attempted terrorist attack near Shilo on Monday afternoon to the removal of an IDF checkpoint and roadblocks in Judea and Samaria earlier in the day. The attack took place just hours after the IDF began easing security checks for Palestinian Authority Arabs, and just a few kilometers west of the checkpoint that was removed, he said.
Ariel blamed Defense Minister Ehud Barak for approving the easing of security checks as a "gesture" to the PA. Barak was responsible for attacks resulting from the reduced number of checkpoints, he said. Ariel pointed out that Barak both approved the removal of checkpoints and froze government funding aimed at providing extra protection for vehicles used by Jews in Judea and Samaria at the same time.