land is its concern and apprehensions about the possibility of Palestinian infiltrators crossing into the Israeli territory (The Washington Times 1).
In a realistic context, it is pragmatically impossible for Israel to guarantee that this stretch of land will fall under the sovereignty of the Palestinian government. One reason for this dilemma is that though the given road joins the West Bank and Gaza, yet it passes through the Israeli territory along a stretch of roughly 25 kilometer. It is a fact that Israel has already to contend with the problem of Arab infiltrators resorting to retaliatory actions like suicide bombings on its territory. That is why it has resorted to such a concentrated patrolling on this road. Going by the fact that the Palestinian leadership is at present fractured between the factions led by Hamas and Fatah, there exists no single Palestinian authority that can extend a guarantee to Israel and the International Community that this road would not be misused to perpetrate acts of violence against Israel. Besides, it is impossible to expect such a guarantee from Hamas. Hence, under no circumstances Israel can allow for a Palestinian sovereignty on the given road, as such a proposal certainly has the potential of jeopardizing the security of Israeli citizens and assets.
In addition, Israel is quiet concerned about the flow of arms and ammunition to the Arab militants from the Egyptian territory to the Gaza Strip via tunnels (The Washington Times 2). Practically speaking, Israel has been unable to check this transfer of weapons to the militant groups residing in Gaza. Israel is seriously concerned about and apprehensive of the possibility of the smuggling of heavy weaponry like rockets and explosives from Gaza to the West Bank, to be used to commit violence on the Israeli territory, once this road is transferred to the Palestinian control. In the absence of a responsible and credible Palestinian authority that can certify that this road will