Thursday, April 27, 2006

Will the Palestinians build a nation or a barrel?

When the Israeli security fence is complete, the Palestinians will, in effect, have what they have clamored for for decades – their own state. The catch is the Israelis have also decided that they will then have nothing to do with the Palestinians, physically, politically, or economically. This leaves the Palestinian governing elite with two choices: a) direct there energies and resources into building a viable nation state, just as the Israelis did 60 years ago, or b) continue to make the annihilation of Israel their single focus, to the detriment of their citizens.

If they choose the latter, they will rapidly come to understand the meaning of the phrase, ‘like shooting fish in a barrel.”
Israel Orders Security Fence Plugged to Bar Suicide Bombers

JERUSALEM, April 26 — Israel's prime minister-designate, Ehud Olmert, told top security officials today to swiftly plug the gaps in the separation barrier around Jerusalem. His order came nine days after a Palestinian suicide bomber struck again in Israel.

Israel's separation barrier still has numerous openings around Jerusalem, and Israeli security officials consider the city one of the places most vulnerable to attack.

Legal challenges in Israel resulted in temporary injunctions against building the barrier in several parts of Jerusalem. Israel's Supreme Court recently dismissed the injunctions against building, though the justices have yet to issue final rulings in the cases, according to Marc Luria, a founder of the Security Fence for Israel, a private group…

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