Items for reflection:
(1) At a briefing for journalists at Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that there is “concrete data which attests to the fact that the security fence has no impact on economic activities and there are many, many ways actually, to kind of circumvent that, and we have it here. Certainly the security fence has not been in the way of the one point two million tourists that visited [the West Bank — I think he must have meant mainly Bethlehem]. And I can tell you that three more can come if we have more facilities, more hotels and more investment over there”… The full text of Deputy FM Ayalon’s remarks is posted here.
(2) The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency has reported that “The Roman Orthodox Church’s Jerusalem archbishop on Thursday said the Israeli separation wall should be removed immediately. ‘The wall must be removed in the same way as it was built – quickly, and should be demolished even faster’, Bishop Atallah Hanna said at a mass on Thursday. Speaking to congregants at the Jerusalem Old City’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Hanna added that ‘the wall demonstrates Palestinian suffering and defines their lives, which have turned into Hell’. This story is posted here.
Aryeh Green, who is the Director of Media Central, which helps journalist cover Israeli issues, once said that he was told by someone in the military that The Wall could be torn down in thirty days…