Former Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) chief Avi Dichter has called to separate the roads between Israeli and Palestinian Arab motorists on Sunday, in order to prevent more vehicular terror attacks.
"This is a significant point politically, not only operationally," Dichter stated on Israel Radio. "Ultimately we have to separate them."
"They are there and we are here," he continued. "You want to get to us? Pass the checkpoint with the all-clear that you are not carrying a weapon. If you are on our list of potential suspects, you can't enter."
"The solution to the problem is the isolation or detachment of [Palestinian] areas," he added, noting that potentially dangerous suspects passing from Shechem into Israel is "a real problem."
This way, he said, "a Palestinian vehicle can't get into an Israeli settlement, and Israeli vehicles cannot get into Palestinian settlements."
Dichter cited the integration of Route 443 as an example of how this policy has led to more attacks.
The former ISA chief made the remarks after a resurgence in vehicular or other road-related attacks in the Judea-Samaria area over the past month.
On Friday, a gas station in Eli – which is located on one of the main traffic arteries in Judea and Samaria and is accessible to both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs – was set alight after two masked men exited a Palestinian car and threw firebombs.
Two weeks ago, several IDF soldiers were wounded in a vehicular terror attack at the Sinjil junction near Shiloh.
And just days before, a 27 year-old Israeli woman was burned on 25-30% of her body after a terrorist threw a Molotov cocktail at her car just outside Jerusalem.