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Part of the Gush Etzion fence near Jerusalem

PM Netanyahu’s Cabinet is set to vote on Sunday on part of the path of the Gush Etzion security barrier, according to an IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) report on Thursday night.

For years, Arab and Jewish residents of Gush Etzion have strongly protested against this security fence, as both sides are against its construction. They managed to get the construction of the fence frozen until now.

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In 2006, radical leftwing groups filed petitions to have the path of the fence moved onto the pre-67 side of the 1949 armistice line, rather than including Gush Etzion.

The entire fence, besides being an eyesore on some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in Israel, would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and part of the fence would split Gush Etzion in two.

It would also potentially cut off the planned road from Gush Etzion directly to the Dead Sea, which is only 20 minutes by car.

Gush Etzion Mayor David Perl told Galei Tzahal that Netanyahu previously promised him that the fence was frozen and would not advance further.

Perl promised to continue to fight the fence construction.

Efrat activist Nadia Matar spoke with JewishPress.com and said, “We are very shocked. It is not logical that after the past war this summer, when it was proved that in no way should we ever create a PA state in our heartland, nor should we have fences – that now they are going to vote on this. It’s insanity! We call upon all the cabinet ministers to vote against it.”

It is not clear why the vote is being brought up in the cabinet at this time.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Politics and insanity go well together. Netanyahu is a liar and I do not trust him; the way he conducted the war in Gaza is insane, locking Gush Etzion out, separating it from Jerusalem and dividing it into half is one other insane move on his part and I think Israel need to take its gloves off. A government that still think of 20state is insane and unfit to govern!

  2. Politics and insanity go well together. Reading this article makes Netanyahu a liar and from his past conduct I do not trust him; the way he conducted the war in Gaza is questionable; locking Gush Etzion out and separating it from Jerusalem and dividing it into half is one other insane move on his part. I think Israel needs to take its gloves off. A government that still thinks of 2-state is insane and unfit to govern!

  3. The land of Israel doesn't belong to Netanyahu nor to any politician. The land of Israel is our inheritance. Every jew in the world. It is not up to Netanyahu or Rabin or any other political w….to divide or decide on what should be Israel and what shouldn't. Politicians were designed to represent interests of PEOPLE. Not look pretty for the eyes of corrupted,antisemitic world.we,as a nation,as children of israel should speak u up and claim our land

  4. This article provoked more questions than it answered, for lack of much needed descriptive details:
    Does the current fence help Israel?
    Would a new or modified fence help us better?
    Don't we WANT protective walls & fences??
    Why do the mayor and others such as Matar oppose it?
    What's in it for Jews? And for Arabs?
    Frankly, a little map showing current wall and fence placement, and projected rerouting(?) would have helped a lot.

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