Israel Builds a Wall in the North

(Commentary) Michael J. Totten - Israel just began construction of a high cement wall on its northern border between the Israeli town of Metulla and the Lebanese town of Kfar Kila. The wall will only be a kilometer long, and is being placed there to prevent anyone from shooting across the border at that specific location. In 2005, I drove down there from Beirut and was thunderstruck when we arrived at Kfar Kila. Israeli houses were mere feet from the border fence. Some of those homes are so close to it that a person could walk right up to an Israeli backyard and, while remaining inside Lebanese territory, throw a hand grenade through somebody's window. This is the part of Lebanon that's controlled by Hizbullah. If you're an American, how would you feel if the Taliban set up shop a few feet from your yard? The border here used to be open until the Israeli army withdrew from South Lebanon in 2000.

2012-05-03 00:00:00

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