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May 20, 2002
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Security Fence will keep Palestinian Terrorists out

Finally, it has been decided that a security fence will be built along Israel's borders with the West Bank (see the maps page for details)

This fence has been the subject of many discussions in Israel, and while some don't think it will stop the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings completely, it will certainly help.

I think the strategy will be to stop as many Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers as you can while at the same time, you continue going after them inside the West Bank or Gaza. Don't let them build their infrastructure of terror, and make them realize that wishing for the destruction of Israel or the killing of unarmed civilians will lead them nowhere.

Give them only one option: to accept the State of Israel as a de-facto reality, and to decide to live in peace and stop the terrorist attacks. Then the Palestinians will be offered a State of their own, and I hope this time around they accept it.

"It has been decided to construct a continuous, 364-km. long fence, including around Jerusalem. The decision is accompanied by a timetable for implementation in the shortest possible time," Atar told reporters after the meeting.

"This is an electronic fence, the components of which have been prepared in accordance with the specifications prepared by the army. The important thing is that it will be a clear statement regarding ongoing security along the length of the fence," said Atar

I copy the full article below.

Ben-Eliezer encourages Green Line communities with security fence plan
By DAVID RUDGE & ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
http://www.jpost.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1021813218855

Members of the forum of heads of Green Line communities emerged from the meeting they held with Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer yesterday encouraged by plans to construct a security fence that would separate Israel from the Palestinian Authority-controlled region.

Meanwhile, Ben-Eliezer yesterday issued instructions for tenders for multiple contractors to build a security fence along the borders of the state as quickly as possible.

The forum, composed of regional council leaders representing communities which adjoin the Green Line, or the "seam line," as it is also called, had said beforehand that they would construct the fence if the government fails to do so.

In fact the forum has already been raising money here and abroad for this purpose, especially among US Jewish communities.

Dany Atar, head of the Gilboa regional council and one of the leading proponents of the fence project, said the abortive suicide bombing yesterday near the Ta'anachim junction early yesterday underscored the urgency of such a barrier.

He noted that the fence was needed not only to prevent infiltrations by terrorists but also to stop the spate of thefts and damage to agricultural equipment that is a constant thorn in the side of residents living near the Green Line.

"It has been decided to construct a continuous, 364-km. long fence, including around Jerusalem. The decision is accompanied by a timetable for implementation in the shortest possible time," Atar told reporters after the meeting.

"According to the defense minister's instructions, it will be possible to use up to 30 firms so that the fence or obstacles along the entire length will be constructed as quickly as possible," he said.

"This is an electronic fence, the components of which have been prepared in accordance with the specifications prepared by the army. The important thing is that it will be a clear statement regarding ongoing security along the length of the fence," said Atar.

He said that in addition to the fence, there are also plans to install cameras and build obstacles and ramparts to prevent firing from the PA-controlled region at residents on the Israeli side.

Ben-Eliezer said funds have already been allocated for the first stage, which is to run some 70 km.-80 km., and that work is to begin immediately.

Also participating in the meeting was Defense Ministry Director-General Amos Yaron, who is also the coordinator between all bodies dealing with the Seam Line Administration. The Border Police and IDF were also represented at the meeting.

The government has periodically announced similar buffer zones, but none have been implemented so far.

While recent polls have shown overwhelming support for a fence and other physical barriers to be set up between Israel and the Palestinians, there is great disagreement over exactly where that buffer zone should be placed.

Jewish settlers and some right-wing leaders argue that it would create a de facto border on the ground that would leave out Judea and Samaria.

But the National Security Council, led by Uzi Dayan, has been a strong advocate of the buffer zone and has been instrumental in keeping the idea rolling despite the opposition.

In response to numerous requests for information from Jerusalem Post readers about the fund for the construction of the proposed Green Line security fence, those interested can contact Dany Atar at his e-mail address: Dany@hagilboa.org.il

Posted by David Melle at May 20, 2002 02:56 PM
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The fence (wall) is long overdue. How many lives that have been torn from us would have been saved had it been built in 1994-95?

Posted by: Joel on July 23, 2003 08:28 AM
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