Walled in

Israel's separation barrier
President Bush calls Israel’s wall of separation from the Palestinians a “problem” for the road map to peace in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon describes it as a “security fence.” Palestinian activist and physician Mustafa Barghouthi sees the wall as a way for Israel “to effect ethnic cleansing and steal more Palestinian land and prevent the creation of a genuine and viable Palestinian state.” I suspect that were he alive today, the pioneer Zionist leader Vladimir Jabotinsky would agree with Barghouthi’s assessment—though he would have taken it as an endorsement, not a criticism of the wall.


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