Monday, June 10, 2002

There's been a fair amount of discussion here regarding the "security fence" around the perimeter of the West Bank whose construction is said to be underway. The gist is:

- There's consensus that it's a good thing to do, but will only prevent a fraction of the Palestinian attacks. The terror groups will likely shift their attention to the unfenced parts of the border and the settlements in the West Bank. The only real solution is to prevent the attacks before they're launched though that's pretty much impossible with the PA as it is now.

- Some people are asking why it wasn't done before, and others are saying that it's been long underway.

- the Left is saying "Hah! Sharon has finally rediscovered the Green Line"; the Right is saying that the fence does not constitute a political boundary.

There haven't been a lot of details about where the fence will be and what it will look like. I imagine that the IDF isn't too interested in publicizing that information.

Steven Den Beste suggests a double fence with a mine field in the middle. That would have a real psychological and political impact that noone wants.... after all, we're talking about a long, twisty seam-line that goes near or even thru populated areas..... and someone could just cut a big hole in the fence and leave an exposed minefield for someone else to walk in to.... It's unfathomable..

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