1. FEATURE: Security fence winding its way to slow completion

Friday, March 31, 2006 |    

Israel’s security fence is still on track, slowly winding its way around Palestinian towns in Judea and Samaria, creating a potentially controversial border, but providing safer environs for Israeli citizens.

A security fence already exists around the Gaza Strip and, to date, not one suicide bomber has infiltrated Israel from Gaza, while approximately 250 came from Judea and Samaria in almost three years.

But things have changed since the concept of the fence was approved in 2001 and construction began.

“We saw that the (terrorist) attempts have dropped 85 to 90 percent,” Ministry of Defense spokeswoman Rachel Maibek Ashkenazi told israel today.

Ashkenazi said terror suspects caught by Israeli police say in interrogations that the fence is a major problem for them.

“The route [to Israel] is longer for them and provides a longer alert time and more options to catch them along their way,” she said.

To learn more about Israel’s security fence and a real-life story of how Arabs and Jews joined together to reroute the barrier in one village, see the May 2006 edition of israel today.
- Nicole Jansezian -

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