A Fence to Make Good Neighbors

(Christian Science Monitor) Amitai Etzioni - Instead of chiding Israel for building a fence between its territory and the land on which the Palestinian state is to be formed, the U.S. should welcome it. Indeed, it should offer to cover a good part of the cost to rush it along. First and foremost, it will serve as an effective barrier against terrorism. Critics say the fence does not follow the precise line of demarcation which this or that party favors as the border between Israel and Palestine. True. But it is no Great Wall of China and can be quite readily relocated or even removed when a peace treaty is forged. When all is said and done, the fence could do much to facilitate a cooling-off period for both sides.

2003-08-06 00:00:00

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