Gideon, the security situation today is very different from the days of Rabin and Oslo. The Israeli army no longer occupie Gaza, and there are ample opportunities for Gazans to smuggle weapons into Gaza. Israel cannot afford to have Gazans travel freely between Gaza and the West Bank. This is no longer a question of a raised vs. sunken road. Free travel will bring Qassams and other weapons to the West Bank and to the bordering Israeli cities. What Israel should do, as promised only recently, is to allow travel by busses, after the riders and their luggage are well inspected (as in an airport). Students and family members should have no problem going back and forth, and businessmen as well. The only farce I see here is that just a few weeks ago, with the present situation perfectly clear to Israeli officials, Israel has committed itself to allowing bus travel. There is no excuse to change the policy, and I am certain that this is exactly what would happen after the US expresses its dismay. THis simply demonstrates the shortsightedness of the Israeli policy makers.
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