posted on Mar, 12 2006 @ 03:10 PM
The claim that most of the Palestinian land has been annexed by the West Bank barrier is highly exaggerated. A Graphic of the barrier present and
future shows that a majority of the barrier is very close if not adjoining the Green line. Look at the map by Israeli Govt on the Barrier :
Moreover the West Bank Barrier is seen only as a security arrangement that would provide greater security to the Israelis with minimum inconvenience
of Military raids and curfews on the Palestinians. Also the barrier is built in such a way that it can be moved easily with the majority of the wall
done with Chain link fencing. Only those regions that are considered as high risk zones have the concrete Slabs that have become so infamous, this
consists of a total of only 5% of the total barrier and is done to protect citizens form sniper fire and also keeping into account the topological
The Anti-Terrorist Fence, an Overview. Published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The main reason the Israeli authority went ahead with the Barrier solution is due to the unwillingness of the Palestinian leadership to make a
concerted effort towards peace in the region and thus, the "unilateral action of peace" . More over the check points and other previous
infrastructure at the borders was woefully inadequate to effectively check terrorist infiltration thus the need of a proper barrier. This also has
some serious benefits for the palestinians as, not only does this limit Israeli interference behind the barrier, it also provides them with a sense of
a palestinian state to some extent.
As for the barrier eating into palestinian territory it is important to remember that Ariel Sharon was reluctant at first to go ahead with the barrier
proposal as it would be seen as Israel giving up claim to the land. As this proposal gained greater momentum in the Lukid Party and the right
wingers, apart form the military and strategic realities on the ground, Sharon was forced to consider the barrier program to check and control
The Gaza fence can be taken as an example and after the Jerico-Gaza agreement there has never been an attack by Intifada militants from Gaza on
pre-1967 Israeli territory. The same is the case with the portions of wall already built, this has decreased the level of suicide bombings from this
region and also decreased the attacks on Jewish cities in this region. Here is an article about the actual results obtained through the construction
of the wall.
Harvard Israel Review
Even thought the Israeli govt has approved the barrier, it has still faced much local resistance regarding the inconvenience it causes to the
Palestinians. The matter has been raised in the Israeli Supreme Court numerous times and the Court has succeeded in bringing a more equitable solution
to the entire problem in some cases.
In June 2004 the Court ruled that a 30-km section of barrier northwest of Jerusalem imposed undue hardship on Palestinians and must be rerouted.
The Supreme Court specifically said Israel had to limit Palestinian suffering, even if that meant accepting some restrictions on its ability to defend
itself. It accepted that security was the reason for building the barrier.
A second ruling in September 2005 ordered reconsideration of the route around Alfei Menashe, south of Qalqilya, where several Palestinian villages
have been left stranded on the western, "Israeli" side of the fence.
At the end of the day, the blame for the barrier lies solely on the Palestinians who have continually espoused "human Rights" when it is applicable
to them but have forgotten to consider these very rights of humanity when it comes to the Israelis. The constant tension in the region which is only
compounded by Arab rhetoric has made such a solution unavoidable. The very attitude of an armed struggle in some vain display of bravery and pride by
the palestinians has led the Israelis to make such unilateral attempts at ensuring their security. What is worrying however is the fate of the
hundreds of Jewish immigrants that are settled deep within Palestinian territory that are cut off from the rest of Israel.
[edit on 12-3-2006 by IAF101]