For Palestinians, Everyday Hardship at the Checkpoints

A key security measure by Israel is resented in the West Bank.


Palestinians wait to have their IDs checked by Israeli soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint.

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As long as West Bankers remain in a vise between enemy soldiers and homegrown terrorists, there can be no Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel. To reach that final goal, removing the checkpoints safely is a necessary but not sufficient step. So Rice's to-do list spans the range of contentious issues, including Hamas rule in Gaza, permanent Israeli and Palestinian borders, Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, and Palestinian refugees.