Thanks to political pressure from the White House Israelis with certain Global Positioning Systems in their cars may find themselves traveling through dangerous West Bank territory - without Israeli military forces nearby to call on in case of violence.
According to Israel National News, GPS company NAVNGO, whose software is used in Israel, is warning Israelis and other non-Arabs not to use its devices in the West Bank because the Israel Defense Forces “intends to remove a number of roadblocks” in the vicinity.
Palestinian Authority-controlled areas are not just places where non-Arab motorists risk having their cars keyed. In 2000, at the start of the second intifada, a GPS led two IDF reservists into Ramallah, where they were detained by Palestinian police. A mob stormed the police station, stabbed and beat to death the two young men, threw one of their bodies out a window to the ground - where it was further mutilated - and then dragged the corpses through the streets. Rooted on during the murder (to which at least 1,000 bore witness) was the sight out the police station window of one of the killers, terrorist Aziz Salha, showing his blood-coated hands to the huge, cheering crowd.
Perhaps the Obama administration has failed to see the connection between strong IDF presence along Israeli borders and Palestinian violence against non-Arabs. In 2009 the White House pressured for the removal of checkpoints. So Israel obediently began dismantling dozens of them and at one of the largest,even ceased checking Arab travelers for weapons. Shortly thereafter, two Israelis were wounded in a terrorist shooting in the West Bank.
A word of caution to those Israelis with certain NAVNGO systems in their cars: As long as checkpoints are unwisely being removed by your government - due to even less wise pressure on the part of ours - always choose the longer route when skirting the West Bank.