Israel removes most West Bank roadblocks
When the Palestinian Arabs complain about the Israeli “occupation,” they primarily like to point out the poor economic conditions under which they live and to blame that on Israeli security measures that make movement and commerce difficult.
In particular, these antagonists will call out Israel for establishing dozens of roadblocks and checkpoints throughout Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), a move made necessary by years of incessant Palestinian terrorism.
But with the decline in Palestinian violence in recent years, Israel has responded in kind by reducing the number of roadblocks from 44 in 2008 to only 10 at the start of this year. Israel’s Foreign Ministry further noted that those 10 roadblocks and checkpoints are “normally open.”
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