TheWallI happened to be in Israel in December (2017) when President Trump announced the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Predictably, Palestinian protesters on the West Bank and in Gaza rioted, torching President Trump in effigy and setting fire to U.S. and Israeli flags.

Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as their capital, even though the Palestinian area as a political entity did not exist before the 1948 partition and Jerusalem as a Jewish capital dates back to King David.

For much of its modern history, Israelis have lived in a perpetual state of crisis, threat and violence. Terrorist attacks are almost a daily horror. Children sent off to school are instructed to take separate buses so that in the event of a terrorist attack the entire family of children will not be wiped out.

Palestinians claim to desire peace, but repeatedly state their goal is to “drive Jews into the sea.” To them, every inch of Israel is “occupied” Palestinian territory.

In 2000, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat launched another intifada during which over 1,000 Israeli civilians, including women and children, were slaughtered. Incidentally, Arafat received a Nobel Peace Prize. In response, Israel built a 400-mile-plus security barrier, including a “wall,” along its borders to prevent Palestinian terrorists from easily infiltrating into the country.

About five percent of the security fence consists of a 26-foot high concrete wall, the main purpose of which is to prevent terrorist sniper fire into urban areas such as Jerusalem and along the Trans-Israel Highway. The rest of the security fence is a multi-layered composite obstacle composed of a ditch, pyramid-shaped stacks of barbed wire, an intrusion-detection fence between the wire with sensors to warn of any incursion, and a smoothed strip of sand that runs parallel to the fence to detect footprints. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) patrol the entire length.

Before the fence, Palestinian terrorists from the West Bank were able to simply walk short distances into Israeli population centers to detonate suicide bombs. The number of suicide attacks has since dropped dramatically, although the number of attempts remains high. The Israel border is now considered the most secure in the world.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah Ramadan Shalah in an interview on Hizballah TV admitted the security fence was an important obstacle to terrorist organizations. Although he said terrorist groups remain fully intent on continuing operations, the “separation fence… is an obstacle to the resistance, and if it were not there the situation would be entirely different.”

The Israelis settled the question of whether or not a “wall” works. It does.

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