I say this with regret and as an ardent supporter of Israel and with a heavy heart for the young man and his family: if there was indeed a protocol for access to PA controlled territory as per some aspect of Olso, and if that protocol was not violated, then the terrible loss cannot be blamed on the PA alone. I expect the Palestinians to honour IDF checkpoints and roadblocks to ensure security and order. We must oblige as well for the PA. Let us hope that a dispassionate investigation finds the route cause and that PA-IDF relations can be maintained as functional. If the Palestinian officer over-reacted and did not follow protocol, he should be disciplined. Folks, it won't get easier in the months and years ahead. Power-sharing agreements and "provisional" peace deals with terriitorial exchanges are in Israel's interest. Israel needs to reach these on its own terms from a position of strength in negotiaitons with the PA. The alternative is stalemate , or worse, an imposed deal by the Quartet. Anyway, if there is a fund to help support the children of this young man, I would gladly contribute.
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