Photo: Reuters
Scene of Dimona bombing
Photo: Reuters

We need a fence

Dimona attack reminder that security fence not complete yet

Even terror groups were confused yesterday. So many terrorists crossed from Gaza into the Sinai and are all over the place that their masters don’t even know who is out there and where.


The Fatah in Gaza, for example, rushed to claim responsibility for the terror attack in Dimona and published the photos of two terrorists who crossed into the Sinai in order to carry out an attack in Israel. However, according to Hamas sources the bombing in Dimona originated from the opposite direction and was carried out by a Hamas cell in the West Bank town of Hebron.


Palestinian sources in Hebron reported that the suicide bomber’s mother said that he left the house early in the morning and she didn’t hear from him or see him since. Palestinian security forces also launched an investigation and a search yesterday, and sources said they did not know who the second would-be bomber was.


If Hamas’ claim that the bombing came out of Hebron is indeed correct, this is yet another proof that we must not rest on our laurels in Judea and Samaria and we must not wait for the Palestinian Authority to handle security problems. Hamas is alive and kicking in the West Bank as well, and the Shin Bet and IDF must cut it down on a daily basis.


Monday’s terror attack is also a reminder, to those who forgot already, that the security fence south of Hebron – which was supposed to be completed two years ago – only exists on paper. The road leading from the Mount Hebron area to the southern Negev desert is completely breached.


No money for project

It turns out that an interesting coalition has been formed by the Greens, who aim to safeguard some kind of a desert ant, and the settlers, who display a political, almost genetic objection to the fence. This coalition has paralyzed the continued construction of the fence.


The government is actually quite satisfied with the paralysis because it has no money to complete the project. The conclusion: Negev residents must take into account the possibility that because of this madness once in a while they will experience infiltration from the southern Mount Hebron area to one of their communities without an advance warning. Then, either we will be lucky, or we won’t be lucky.


Besides that, in order to guarantee that there is no fence there, the arguments around here will start: Which fence should be built first, the security fence south of Hebron or the border fence between Israel and Egypt? Both of them are old, neglected, and well known vulnerabilities in Israel’s soft belly.


Our own familiarity with ourselves makes us think that a fence will not be built either here or there. In a day or two, the terror attack in Dimona will be forgotten, and we will continue to hear pompous speeches and firm decisions regarding the need for a fence – until the next attack comes around.


פרסום ראשון: 02.05.08, 10:14
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