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Israel's wall in the West Bank

September 10, 2007

Re "Israeli ruling reroutes wall," Sept. 5

While your article may seem to put Israel in a bad light, the truth is exactly the opposite. When was the last time a Palestinian suicide bomber got into Israel and killed innocent civilians? Weren't such attacks commonplace just a few years ago? As you put it, "Israel . . . says the barrier has proved an effective way to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from entering Israel from the West Bank." That is a fact, much to the chagrin of those who criticized Israel for building the barrier in the first place. Now, Israel's high court has ruled that the wall improperly incorporated 575 acres.

Does Israel get any credit for showing conciliatory behavior toward a people that shoots rockets at Israelis and basically wants to drive them into the sea?

Larry Post

Beverly Hills

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It's nice that the Palestinian villagers got part of their stolen land back. According to a recent United Nations report, almost 40% of the West Bank is forbidden or restricted to Palestinians, who happen to be the only legal inhabitants of the area. Palestinians can now access a tiny percentage more. Bravo to the Israeli Supreme Court, which made Israel look good despite flouting international law, approving illegal settlement growth and confiscation of Palestinian property, apartheid, discriminatory practices and the economic strangulation, checkpoints and permit system driving the continued ethnic cleansing in many parts of the West Bank.

Lyn McKuen

Los Angeles

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I have no doubt that the anti-Israel crowd will point to the Supreme Court's decision prohibiting the wall from encroaching on the Palestinian town of Bilin as an example of how horribly Israel treats the Palestinians. I hope they realize that it was a branch of Israel's own government that exercised binding authority over its military in order to force it to reroute the wall. If the situation were reversed, could the same be expected of any Arab government in the region?

Randy Steinberg

West Hollywood

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