15:20 Tura-Shaked checkpoint
Traffic at this time is quite thin. The site appears deserted and unnecessary. One driver waits for passengers, his fee is 5 nis per drive no matter where people go, But as mention in the above the place is deserted and there is very little livelihood.
Four youngsters with boots heavy from mud climb up the hill toward the checkpoint on their way to the West Bank.
16:00 Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint
Many workers return from work to their homes at the West bank. Yes, they have heard of the elections in Israel. They agree with us that our people are crazy. Laughing. Most of them work in Israel and quickly pass through the checkpoint. Workers from the Sha"hak industrial park (near Shaked) return home as well. They are well skilled in operating the inspection posts and walk through within minutes. From the other side, the West Bank arrive a number of young lady looking elegant and graceful. While we were standing by the carousel, our driver Hurie had noticed inspectors quietly removing a fish merchant who wanted to place 15 containers of fish for sale at the entrance to the sleeve. When we came back his pickup truck was parked in a distance from where he was able to sell fish. We bought fresh Pita bread at the Bakery of Um-el-Rihan where one of the baker had sked for assistance in obtaining passage permit into Israel.