Cabinet approves new barrier route for Jerusalem

Sunday, July 10, 2005 | 
The Cabinet has approved a new route for its controversial security barrier in Jerusalem, in response to rulings by Israel’s Supreme Court that slowed down construction. The barrier will put 55,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem on the other side of the barrier. Israeli officials admit that it will cut these Arabs off from jobs, schools and hospitals, so Prime Minister Ariel Sharon instructed that arrangements be made to allow them to enter Jerusalem through several gates. Israel is constructing the barrier to keep suicide bombers out of the country, but in addition to legal obstacles, bureaucracy and inefficiency have also slowed construction.

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