On my way to Binyamin on Friday, and in Gush Etzion on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday Night), I passed scores of Army jeeps on the roads, at the entrances to Arab towns, and then even in the middle of Jerusalem. Traffic was backed up miles, while every car was flashlighted.
Army was everywhere. Ah, sigh, it felt safe to drive again.
After three terror attacks on Israel's roads - one fatal shooting, one critical shooting and one stoning - following right after one another last week, the thought of driving anywhere became almost as creepy as it had been in 2001.
Confidence building measures may be making the Arabs and US President Obama feel great, but they are killing the Jewish people. [http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/08/building-confidence-on-both-sides.html] The government has taken down life-saving machsomim (road blocks where soldiers check Arab cars for illegal weapons), so that Arabs would have freedom of movement. As a result, Jews have lost their freedom of movement. Oh yes, they can drive around if they choose, but in the back of their minds, they are fearful of an attack at any moment, chas v'shalom.
So, today the Army's on the roads. Yippee. But what will happen next week. After a terror attack has occurred, it's too late. I want them to make sure there won't be another attack. There are too many orphans, widows and widowers in the world.