So much for Israel’s “security” fence being about security:
The main consideration behind the route for “numerous segments” of the separation fence was settlement expansion, according to a report published Tuesday by the human rights groups B’Tselem and Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights.
The report also concludes that in most of the cases in which the fence route was pushed eastward from the Green Line, this was done to include settlements within the fence and not out of security considerations – the main reason the state gives for the route of the fence in most areas and the main reason accepted by the courts.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offers the best comment of the week about Iran’s leader:
“Ahmadinejad is an anti-Semite, a racist, and an Israel-hater, but there’s no point in holding a competition of inflammatory statements with him.”