Gush Etzion & Ariel Inside the Fence - But Not Southern Judea

The defense establishment team in charge of preparing the latest alternate route for the anti-terror fence presented it to Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz yesterday.

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The defense establishment team in charge of preparing the latest alternate route for the anti-terror fence presented it to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz yesterday. Though the route is laid out closer to the Green Line than any other proposed route, in keeping with the Supreme Court's guidelines, it was noted that Gush Etzion, Maaleh Adumim and even Ariel in the Shomron would be included on the "Israeli" side.

Sharon became almost emotional when discussing Gush Etzion. "I don't want to see even one caravan [mobile home without wheels] in Gush Etzion outside the fence," he said, as quoted in Yediot Acharonot today. "If the Supreme Court judges question this, tell them to go to Mt. Herzl and see the mass graves of the people from the Gush who were murdered by Arab mobs during the War of Independence."

Work on the fence continues in many areas, despite legal challenges by Arabs in several places.

In the south, Sharon was presented with two alternatives: to build the partition north of some of the Jewish communities in southern Judea, or south thereof, with separate protection for the towns. Sharon has apparently chosen the latter, and a second fence will be built along the road connecting Meitar with Carmel, Maon and Susia. Tzviki Bar-Chai, head of the Har Hevron Regional Council, is not happy with this idea. "If a fence is to be built," he told Arutz-7 today, "our view, and that of the army, was always that it should be built between the Jewish communities and the Arab villages. Now, however, following the Supreme Court's ruling that our security and Arab rights are of equal importance, the wall is being built at the expense of our security." He said that he is considering turning once again to the Supreme Court on this matter. "We also warned that if the wall must be built, it must not have political ramifications - but building it along the Green Line makes it totally a political partition."

The fence is set to be built only some 150 meters from Mevaseret Zion, just west of Jerusalem - although this is not final. Around Rosh HaAyin, however, east of Petah Tikvah, Minister Mofaz said that the wall can provide security only if it is built at least two kilometers from the city. Sharon emphasized that the entire route would be brought to the Cabinet for its approval.





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