A Fence for Defense

The terrorist attack initiated by the Popular Assistances Committees of Hamas against southern Israel on August 18, 2011 is a pressing reminder of the unrelenting assaults by Palestinians on Israeli citizens.  Its complex military nature reinforces the case for Israel to maintain appropriate defensive structures to prevent similar attacks and suicide bombings in other parts of the country.  Case in point: the fence in the West Bank. Considerable rhetoric has been directed against Israel for the fence.  It is understandable, as Robert Frost wrote in his poem, Mending Wall; "Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down."  Yet historical experience, such as Hadrian's Wall and the Great Wall of China, and more recently the fence between the Soviet Union and Finland and Norway, as well as manifold contemporary examples, shows how effective a good fence can be. Barriers are very common.  They exist throughout the world, in every continent, for a...(Read Full Article)