Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned US Mideast envoy General James Jones that we must be aware of the possibility that Hamas could rise to power in Yehuda and Shomron (“West Bank”) and the giving of additional military equipment would enable the terror organization to better strike out against Israel.
Nevertheless, despite the awareness of this ominous scenario, Barak and approved permitting 600 paramilitary troops to enter Jenin, and Israel will also permit the delivery of armored vehicles, assault rifles and night-vision equipment to the PA.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to arrive Saturday night, prompting a string of Israeli concessions, concessions that in the past have backfired, resulting in additional terror attacks.
Barak will also tell Rice that Israel remains committed to a “peace process” and as such, will further reduce restrictions on Palestinian Authority residents.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)