Israeli defense officials late last week said the demands of a new Bush Administration peace initiative would, if implemented at this time, lead to a significant increase in Palestinian terrorism against the Jewish state.
Despite the fact that the coalition platform of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian unity government actually guarantees the Palestinians' right to "resist" Israel, Washington wants all military checkpoints removed from Judea and Samaria and for Israel to allow "safe passage" between Gaza and the so-called "West Bank."
Those are the primary requirements of Israel in the "benchmarks" plan presented last week as a means of jump-starting the faltering peace process.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commanders raised their concerns over the document in a meeting last Thursday with Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
They said that Palestinian terrorists would, as they had following past security concessions, immediately exploit the situation and unleash a fresh wave of violence on the Jewish state.
An Israeli defense official who spoke to United Press International (UPI) earlier last week called the Americans "quite naive" for apparently failing to understand the true value of IDF checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, which are preventing terrorists attacks that would only further erode any chance of peace in the region.
Hamas has already vowed to torpedo the US initiative by any means necessary.