Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that the government can extend the security barrier to include some settlements blocs in Judea and Samaria. It said the barrier is necessary to protect the lives of Israeli citizens from Palestinian suicide bombers. The ruling effectively rejects a decision by the World Court in the Hague, which said that the barrier is illegal and must be torn down. It’s a change of pace for the powerful Supreme Court, which has usually ruled in favor of the Palestinians with regard to the barrier. As a result, construction of the fence has been slowed down drastically. The high court ruling is a victory for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has vowed to hold on to big West Bank settlement blocs.
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