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Walls, checkpoints can’t give Middle East security
Sep 22nd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Only compromise can end

perpetual violent stalemate

The modern, suburban Israeli community of Efrat clings to the hillside between Bethlehem and Hebron, four miles east of the Green Line. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc.

THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT that in the Middle East security is paramount. But, sometimes, it is also futile.
It is totally understandable that in Israel, tight security checks at every public place have become a way of life. Residents don’t seem to notice; visitors, unaccustomed to it, hardly can not notice.
On two occasions during my recent 10-day visit to the region, security was both overwhelming and, seemingly, futile.
The first was on a trip deep into the so-called “occupied territory” where Israeli residents have established residential communities surrounded by Palestinians. My trip was to the environs of Bethlehem, near the large Israeli community of Efrat.
The second was on my trip to the West Bank, crossing the border on the main road from Jerusalem to Ramallah, capital of the Palestinian National Authority.


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