A seperation fence by itself may be a legitimate respnse to terror, but read on.
A couple of problems with the idea that putting the wall on the Green line would "reward terrorists." That means that siting it where it is - is a resonse to what exactly? How is that more a self-defense respose to terror than a Green Line wall?
The wall the way it is currently routed is a land grab. It would be sad, but I would understand a wall along the Green Line. After all, how much international condemnation was there for the one in Gaza? I don't remember nearly as much. Putting it back on the green line isn't a reward for good behavior, it is the way it should be.
In addition, how has good behavior been rewarded now by Sharon? Was he not the housing minister who accelerated building settlements in the West Bank in the first place? Was he not the politician (along with perhaps Netanyahu) who forged links with the radical Israeli right who believe that Israel has the right to "all" of historic Israel, with each person having a different opinion on just what that is? Is he not obsessed with maps? Does this mean that settlement building in the first place is a "self defense response" to terror? What "was" the reason for bulding settlements in WB/Gaza, then?
What I'm saying is that even though it is obvious that the Palestinian leadership is corrupt and winks at terror, and they should be condemned, and yes, it *would* be nice to have a resolution specifically condeming terror and suicide bombings at the UN, the current Israeli hard-right gov't is using that, and cynically at that, to pursue an expansionist settlement policy tailored to a bunch of religious zealots who want to settle.
C'mon. Do you really think if the Palestinians stopped violence immediately and began singing "We shall overcome" at the wall, it is gonna be stopped. or the foks who live in Arial, or Pisgat Ze'ev or Gilo or Kiryat Arba will say, "Wow now we can have peace" and decamp en masse for Haifa and Tel Aviv? Those settlements look pretty darned permanent to me.
This doesn't mean that the Palestinians shouldn't stop violence, besides being morally reprehensible, violence and terror rarely pays results. I know this is a stretch, but Gandhi got results! Martin Luther King got results until he was killed. Xanana Gusmao got results! The IRA got, um, um, um, the PLO got, um, um, um. Kashmiri terrorists got, um, um, um, People remember the acts, and never the grievances, real, imagined, legitimate or not, that generates the violence.
Eventually "We shall overcome" would've worked for the Palestinians, now I fear it is too late.
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