Had the security fence been in place, the suicide bomber who blew himself up outside Beersheba's Central Bus Station yesterday morning would not have made it to his destination. Instead, one Arab and one Jewish security guard laid their lives on the line to protect others. Lu'ay Abu Juma, a 27-year old Bedouin, and Pavel Srotzkin, 23, are both in Soroka hospital, with life-threatening shrapnel wounds (one to his eyes) and severe burns. The long-promised barrier to protect Israelis from terrorist infiltration has been delayed by court injunctions, funding, terrorist attacks, theft and world opinion. Following yesterday's suicide bombing, the work on the southern part of the security barrier has been speeded up, with completion projected for mid-October, six weeks ahead of schedule.
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