Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Israel's Separation Wall

I haven't commented much on Israel's separation wall, except to oppose the route it's taking, which is through Palestinian territory. Jonathan Edelstein, however, has given it a lot of thought, and actually proposes that the international community help build it. His argument relates the current Israeli-Palestinian situation to the Algerian War of Independence, and argues that a means for Israel to retreat safely is necessary for successful negotiations. I'm not sure I agree with all of it, but as usual, he makes a lot of good points. I agree this wall shouldn't be seen in the same way as , for example, the Berlin Wall - I'm presuming Palestinians who work inside Israel would still be able to pass through with increasing ease as tensions gradually abate. However, like most involving the Middle East, the whole situation involves a lot of "ifs" before things work out well.

UPDATE: Read the comments thread, too.


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