Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Israel, the "Security" Fence & The Shawshank Redemption

In the film The Shawshank Redemption, there is a scene where prison inmate Andy Dufrene asks the warden of Shawshank prison for funding to build a library for the prisoners of Shawshank. The warden responds that there are 3 things that the State is willing to spend money on when it comes to prisons: more guards, more walls and more bars.

It seems that the leaders of the State of Israel have been stricken with this prison mentality, as well.

Today, in the State of Israel, it seems that the answer to all of Israel's problems can be solved by building longer fences, higher walls, deeper tunnels and stronger roofs.

What is the answer to combatting Arab terrorism?

Of course, we'll just throw all the Jews out of Gaza, build a 3 tiered fence around the entire area, build the "security" fence along the "Green Line", and another fence around Jerusalem, and then we'll all be safe.

What's the answer to Arabs shooting at Jews driving along the roads in Israel?

We'll build tunnels, by-pass roads, and place concrete slabs alongside the roads to stop incoming sniper fire.

What's the solution for incoming Qassam rocket and mortar fire on Jewish towns from Gaza?

We'll invest millions of dollars fortifying the roofs of all the buildings within the range of rocket and mortar fire, so this way, when the rockets hit, they won't cause as much damage.

Of course, none of these methods actually deal with the problem at hand, of permanently eliminating the terror threat against the Jewish People and State. Each of these half-measures is meant to give the impression that the State of Israel is taking steps to fight terror and keep her citizens safe and secure, when in reality, it is doing neither, and perhaps even exacerbating the problem.

Once and for all, let us understand that the "security" fence, Israel's great hope, is in reality, a disastrous policy for Israel.

A fence doesn’t stop terror, it only causes the terrorists to come up with new and improved ways to strike at the Jewish State. Furthermore, when the fence is built (more or less) along the "Green Line", who is the winner and who is the loser? If the security fence is truly meant to keep terrorists out, then build it around Ramallah, Jenin, Qalkilyah and every other Arab occupied city and village from where the terrorists originate. Don't build the fence around the Jewish cities and force us to live in a ghetto while telling us that it is for our own good.

Let us not forget the political aspect of the security fence. The security fence is the "silent disengagement" plan devised by the leaders of the State of Israel to disengage from the biblical heartland of the Jewish People and create a permanent border for both Israel and a future "Palestinian" state. What the Arab States couldn't achieve through battle, the State of Israel gives them on a silver platter, all in the name of "security".

Can anyone explain to me how a fence that is meant to fight terror forces the State of Israel to retreat from the Jewish communities of Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Beit El, Shiloh, Elon Moreh, Ofra... which will all find themselves on the "other" side of the fence, and not protected from terrorists?

It seems that the true message of all of these half-measures is to announce both to the world and to the terrorists themselves, that the State of Israel is not willing or able to act to defend what is rightfully theirs, and as such, is willing to retreat into ghetto-like borders and pretend that all of the terrorists and enemies sitting on her narrow borders will magically disappear.

More guards, more walls and more bars - just like in the movies. Let's hope this one has a happy ending.

I hope.



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