When the news came out that Israel was building the security fence, it seemed like a stupid idea to me. First of all, I thought, it’s a waste of money, second of all, people are going to find a way around it. Building a wall in response to problems has historically been the analogue to sticking your head in the sand and hoping the problem goes away. The Berlin Wall was torn down, the Great Wall of China didn’t stop the Mongols, the Maginot Line didn’t stop the Germans and this “security fence” won’t stop terrorism. That’s what I thought.
But it has been such a long time since I have read anything in the news about suicide bombings in Israel. I remember a while ago it was nothing but suicide bombing, airstrike in Gaza, suicide bombing, airstrike in Gaza, suicide bombing, etc etc etc…a never ending series of suicide bombings. It seemed like there was one at least every two weeks, sometimes every week. Now I can’t recall hearing about any, and I read the news every day.
Call it simplistic thinking, but I think maybe the wall actually is helping. There is a lot of pressure from many groups, including the U.N., for the wall to be taken down, but it seems to be doing a decent job of preventing terrorism. I mean, whenever Israel does anything, airstrikes, blowing up houses, whatever, they are denounced, so if they must do something maybe a wall which does not inherently kill anyone is actually a good idea. Some have said that it cuts people off from villages and other things; maybe they could re-structure the wall to accomodate people who are inconvenienced by it. But it seems like its working.