Saturday, April 4, 2009
Tragic Death is Not Due to Lack of Fence, It's Due to Terrorism. Fences Are Not the Answer. Strong Anti-Terror Action Is The Answer.
The way this story is written, it is clear the reporter is blaming Bat Ayin for the death and not the terrorist! Horrible.
What is unsaid here, and in many of the other articles I read about towns like Bat Ayin or Kedumim refusing to have a fence, is that those communities have first-rate security systems in place, the residents are well aware of what to do in an emergency, and there is constant surveillance, not only of the town itself, but of all the surrounding areas as well.
It is true that the first and most important reason they refuse to have a fence is that they don’t want to show they are weak. But there are some very important security reasons not to have a fence as well.
If you have a fence, then the arabs know precisely where the border of your town lies, and they will build right up to that fence. If they don’t build there, then they will constantly walk/patrol there. They will plant olive trees right up against the fence in order to make it impossible for the Jewish residents to rest, especially during the “olive harvest,” a.k.a. Incitement season.
But the most important unsaid reason of all is that a fence will keep your town from expanding. This is why the government wants all the towns outside “green line” Israel to have a fence. The fence keeps the town from natural growth, and the children of those families that have houses don’t have anywhere to go. There is no room to build, to farm, or to expand necessary municipal services such as water treatment or electrical power grids.
I completely agree with the logic of Bat Ayin and Kedumim and other VERY SMART communities for refusing to be fenced in.
This reporter needs to get the facts straight and understand the issue more deeply. Terrorism is caused by terrorists, not municipal decisions. The tragic death of this boy is the result of arab hatred of Jews, nothing more, nothing less.
Despite the Murder -- Community Won't Be Fenced In
by Hana Levi Julian
(IsraelNN.com) The residents of the Gush Etzion community of Bat Ayin do not live behind a fence. Nor do they intend to build one, despite a murderous terror attack that left a teenage boy dead and a younger child wounded.
An axe-swinging terrorist was able to race into the community on his murderous rampage and then race back out, with no physical obstacles to slow him down.
Sixteen-year-old Shlomo Nativ paid the price with his life; seven-year-old Yair Gamliel is lying in a hospital bed at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, having undergone surgery for a broken skull.
A resident who wrestled with the murderer managed to slow him down and deter him from continuing the attack, but failed to stop him completely; he managed to escape, melting into the hills that surround the community.
One reason he could do that so easily may have been the lack of a fence surrounding the town of 800 Jewish souls.
Those who live in the community said on Thursday that they did not believe the presence of a fence would change their security status. “Fences can be penetrated,” said one, who asked not to be identified. “I don’t think we should have to live behind a fence.”
Meanwhile, the manhunt continues for the terrorist who raced into the community and hacked at the two boys. IDF officials have vowed to track him down, and said it is only a matter of time before he will be caught. Newly-installed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday he viewed the incident with "utmost gravity" and ordered security services to do whatever needs to be done in order to find and apprehend the murderer.
Etzion Brigade deputy commander Lt.-Col. Guy Oshri told journalists Thursday evening, "We will do our best to find him and put him where he belongs. We have a lead, and according to our calculations he will be arrested soon."