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The (Non) Secure Passage

Aharon Klieman
Policy Paper No. 7, 1997


Despite the distinct possibility that one or more roads will run across Israeli territory from east to west and bisect the country, the entire issue of "safe passages": (a) has been dealt with over the heads of most Israeli leaders and the public at large; and consequently (b) has tended to evolve with little if any real grasp of the deeper ramifications.

Israeli decision makers in 1993 endorsed the triad of general principles territorial integrity, contiguity and safe passage without serious government discussion in Jerusalem, without prior consultation among military and technical experts, without detailed position papers, without Knesset or media debate, and without thinking through the economic, security, transportation and myriad other on-the-ground implications.