It's hard to say who is more opposed to
Israel's separation barrier. The Palestinians, United Nations (UN), and the European Union (EU) have all had their say on the matter. Now the EU has
invited Israeli companies who specialize in wall construction to place bids for a wall to be built in Poland and Hungary to keep the rif-raff from
migrating into the newly added EU states. It seems that the idea of separation barriers is a popular idea after all.
World Net Daily - EU to build wall after blasting Israel's
Just one month after the U.N. and EU launched a furious campaign against Israel's security fence, culminating in the International Court of Justice
ruling that the fence is illegal, the EU announced it's planning to build a separation fence of its own, and invited Israel to participate in the
The fence is being built to separate recently added EU members Poland and Hungary from their new neighbors – Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The EU said
the fence is necessary to "prevent the free movement of migrants seeking to enter" EU territory. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Israel's separation barrier is one of the most sensitive buttons in the world right now. Should Israel be allowed to build a barrier to keep out
suicide bombers? Of course the main contention seems to be that the wall does not take the path of the 1967 UN Green Line. Still this isn't a problem
for other countries. Syria controls Lebanon while the rest of the world looks the other way. Just this week
Syria held talks with Lebanon
to decide who their next
president would be.
There are other amusing aspects of the whole issue. It seems that the Palestinians, or at least some of their leaders, made a nice profit by
supplying cement to the Israelis
and helping them
build the wall that they can't stand. Apparently Arafat knew of this and said nothing as long as his pockets were lined with some of the profits. The
issue of Palestinian suffering could be the main reason that the world has spoken out against the wall, but the UN, EU, and US lack of action in the
Sudan crisis shows that no one cares when there isn't a profit to be made.
Even if separation barriers are highly contested, they seem to be highly effective. It has become very difficult for Hamas to strike at Israel in
areas where the wall is complete. So now the EU wants a wall of it's own, and they will only build it on "official" borders that were hammered out
in wars years ago, and not in recent conflict. Of course Hungary's borders were changed several times in the 1900's, but that's another story.
[edit on 17-8-2004 by dbates]