The heads of Israel Defense Forces' main organs for strategic thought have voiced support for more unilateral moves after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank, the local newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday.
Military intelligence chief Aharon Ze'evi and head of the military Planning Directorate's strategic planning division Udi Dekel believed that Israel should set its borders unilaterally.
"In the coming years, Israel will have to take more and more unilateral steps, in order to advance its own interests," Ze'evi told a seminar at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday.
Dekel, who also attended the seminar, said, "The unilateral option is best for Israel because it will help achieve Israel's goal of a two-state solution without waiting for the Palestinians."
"It is hard to imagine an agreement with the Palestinians on more complex issues considering the chaotic internal Palestinian situation," he argued.
Their statements came after Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan earlier this month, the first time that the Jewish state quit the Palestinian land seized in the 1967 Middle East war.
However, Sharon has said that there will be no more unilateral withdrawal.
Sharon denied on Wednesday that he planned an additional unilateral withdrawal in the West Bank, a day after his advisor Eyal Arad said that such a move was under consideration.
According to the internationally-sponsored road map peace plan,Israel and the Palestinians will negotiate final borders of a future Palestinian state.