Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Driving a stake through the heart of a two-state solution

Jonathan Freedland investigates Israel's construction of its "security barrier" near Jerusalem, nothing that "the wall as currently planned puts 50% of the West Bank in Israeli hands."

He adds, "Not many Israelis seem to have woken up to this yet, still less the Americans who used to keep such a close eye on any changes to Jerusalem, knowing its radioactive sensitivity throughout the Middle East. But they should. For if this wall ends up making a two-state solution impossible and a single state inevitable, it will be Israelis who suffer -- by losing the very national home this wall is meant to protect."