The fence may have proved its worth from the Isaraeli point of view, but people need to remember there are two sides to every story (at least).
Control of the water supplies in the Middle East is one of the most contentious issues in the region, and is another reason the Palestinians feel
commited to terrorist attacks.
Here is a BBC story on the issue:
In 1991, the Secretary-General of the UN, Boutros Boutros Ghali, stated that 'the next war in the Middle East will be over water and not politics'
(source: 'The Oldest Threat: Water in the Middle East, Jane's Intelligence Review, Feb 1998).
The primary areas of conflict over water are the Jordan river basin, the West Bank ground aquifers and the Golan Heights.
Other powers bordering the area are adding to the tension, like Turkeys dam building projects, which will reduce the water supplies of the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers, the major water sources for both Iraq and Syria.
A wee pdf about the roots of the water conflicts:
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A BBC story about the Ilisu Dam in Turkey:
Protests in Britain and abroad have caused several companies to pull out of the construction projects, but there are always others (usually
subsidiaries of said companies) ready to take over.
This is a topic which is usually glossed over or ignored by the majority of the media, who prefer to run stories about which celebrity is p***ed of at
which other celebrity or some such nonsense.
There is not enough focus on this issue as it is one of the most highly contentious issue in the region.
[Edited on 22-12-2003 by MacGonzo]