Israel changing 'separation fence' route to keep 'Palestinians' out of E-1
After a second 'Palestinian' outpost in E-1 was demolished overnight, Haaretz's Barak Ravid reports that the Israeli security forces have decided to change the route of the 'separation fence'
to keep 'Palestinians' out of E-1.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided to close the breach in the
separation fence between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, thereby
positioning the fence between the Palestinian village of Al-Zaim and the
contested E-1 area.
This would mean that Ma'aleh Adumim would be located outside the
security fence and that Palestinians would be prevented from reaching
The plan is to be presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his approval next week.
The breach in the fence at Al-Zaim, a small village just east of
Jerusalem's municipal boundaries, is three kilometers wide. However,
there is a wall west of Al-Zaim which was built to prevent the residents
of Al-Zaim who are not permitted in Israel from reaching Jerusalem.
(Al-Zaim can be accessed via the Al-Zaim checkpoint on the road leading
from Jerusalem to Ma'aleh Adumim and the Dead Sea. )
The breach in the wall at Al-Zaim was reportedly left intact to allow
Ma'aleh Adumim to be encircled by a huge loop in the security fence.
However, the defense minister has now decided against including Ma'aleh
Adumim within the security fence because of the astronomical cost of the
With regard to Al-Zaim, the defense minister had two options: include
it in Israeli territory or position it east of the fence. The main
difference between the options has to do with E-1, in which Netanyahu
plans to build a settlement, despite opposition by the international
Area E-1 ends behind Al-Zaim and is connected to the village by a path; this is how the Palestinians who built the outpost of Bab al-Shams over a week ago reached the site.
Including Al-Zaim within the security fence will cut off Al-Zaim from E-1, leaving E-1 disconnected from Palestinian territory.
Hmmm. No, I have not been able to find a map.
Labels: E-1, Maaleh Adumim, security fence