Palestinian terrorist gunmen ambushed an Israeli police car south of the Judean town of Hebron on Monday, killing one officer and leaving two others wounded.
Jewish residents in the area noted that the attackers were able to ambush the police vehicle thanks to the recent removal of a military checkpoint.
On Sunday night, another attack occurred in Samaria when a local Jewish resident noticed what appeared to be police lights signaling him to pull over. When he did so, the man was ripped from his vehicle by a group of Arab men, beaten and then left on the roadside while his car was stolen.
Again, the ambush was made possible by the recent removal of an Israeli military checkpoint separating Jewish and Arab areas in Samaria.
Since the start of the year, Israel has removed dozens and even hundreds of checkpoints in the so-called "West Bank" under American pressure and as a gesture of goodwill toward the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli Jews who live in Judea and Samaria constantly warn that removing the checkpoints only makes peace more difficult to reach, since attacks inevitably increase in the absence of such defensive measures, ultimately necessitating strong military action.
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