The Israeli system of dealing with the Palestinians has the "harrassment" factor built in. This way, they do not have to rely upon the Israeli point of contact to provide the harrassment. It is missed opportunities such as this one in which Israel could show some compassion or good will at no cost to themselves and plant seeds which may bear fruit in the future. Instead, they invariably choose to twist the boot upon the neck of those who are unfortunate to come into contact with them. Elsewhere in Haaretz today some writer was describing how Palestinians were beginning to look at Hamas as the bad guy rather than Israel. That article should go on the satire page.
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