Israel Is Walling Itself In

With fences and Iron Dome, hunkering down for the long haul.

Friday, January 11, 2013
Editor and Publisher

Israel announced this week that it plans to build a fence on its Syrian border for security purposes. That makes perfect sense, given that Syria is in the midst of a horrific civil war whose ripple effect is fraught with uncertainty.

But picture Israel: soon to raise a security fence in the north, which will take shape as the completion nears of the barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian territories. And then there is the Iron Dome, offering protection from incoming rockets.

The Jewish State appears to be walling itself in and hunkering down.

Understandable, and certainly commendable from a security point of view. But so sad. The reality of the region is such that Israel is surrounded by hostile parties, like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, openly committed to its destruction, as well as Egypt in political chaos and Syria in violent warfare.

Feeling vulnerable, with no one to negotiate with, Israel has chosen a form of self-protective isolation, as if waiting out the troubles. But there is no assurance they will end anytime soon and the surrounding states aren’t going away.

The government in Jerusalem may be creating barriers from reality as well as from hostile neighbors.

Will physical protection offer comfort and normalization, or a heightened and false sense of security?

Comments

"Israel announced this week that it plans to build a fence on its Syrian border for security purposes. That makes perfect sense, given that Syria is in the midst of a horrific civil war whose ripple effect is fraught with uncertainty."

Given that Mexico is also in the midst of a horrific non-declared civil war, I wonder if the author of this article would support a fence between Mexico and the US.

We all know the answer but I couldn't resist :-)

Where has Mr. Gary Rosenblatt been all these years? Israel walling itself in? Israel has been walled in since 1948. Mr. Rosenblatt exhibits the liberal/left belief that it is all Israel's fault. It is Mr. Gary Rosenblatt, not Israel, who is creating barriers from reality. Very easy to have this view from the safety of a middle/upper class neighborhood in America.

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