23 January, 2021

Siege Mentality

Israel creates 'deeper buffer zones' within the buffer zone.

Siege Mentality
Unable to curb Palestinian suicide bombers, Israel has now decided to fence its border with the West Bank and also the periphery of Jerusalem. Measuring a total length of 350 km, the fence will itself have the ‘protection’ of a buffer zone. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) will operate and control this sanitised strip, consequently creating insurmountable obstacles for a Palestinian bomber wishing to slip into Israel. The idea of the zone was mooted because of Israel’s experience in Gaza: Palestinian boys there would shake the fence, sending the Israeli security on a wild goose chase, ultimately lulling them into lowering their level of alertness. No Palestinian will be allowed into Israel, and their movement in the West Bank too will be under IDF’s supervision. The fence will impact severely on the Palestinians, most of them employed in Israel. And the West Bank could discover, as Gaza has, that deprivation and food scarcity are the price to pay for living in isolation from Israel.

There are also implications for Israelis—they’d be psychologically separated from...



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