Monday, July 12, 2004

"On The Fence", So To Speak 

I am not going to dignify the ICJ ruling on the Israel security barrier with much of a response. I do ask, however, that everyone read this quick analysis of the Israeli Supreme Court's decision on the barrier, and observe how a real court decides on its cases.

I particularly love this bit (emphasis mine).

30. Petitioners, by pointing to the route of the Fence, attempt to prove that the construction of the Fence is not motivated by security considerations, but by political ones. They argue that if the Fence was primarily motivated by security considerations, it would be constructed on the "Green Line," that is to say, on the armistice line between Israel and Jordan after the War of Independence. We cannot accept this argument. The opposite is the case: it is the security perspective - and not the political one - which must examine a route based on its security merits alone, without regard for the location of the Green Line.
The whole premise of following a ceasefire line that hasn't really separating anything for nearly 40 years is a totally political one. That, my friend, is irony in its quintessential form.
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