The idea of unilateral separation from the Palestinians has become
a widespread ideology that drives many different Israeli political
organizations and leaders. The concept is based on taking
unilateral steps to separate the Israelis and the Palestinians by
physical means such as fences, walls and barbed wire. There are at
least ten specific plans that outline different techniques, and
boundaries, for separation. The outgoing national unity government
decided to carry out its own plan, and the work of erecting
physical barriers is now in progress. It's hard to predict how the
break-up of the government and the decision to hold new elections
will affect the pace and scope of this project.
This simplistic and populist idea is an attempt to satisfy the
instinctive needs of the Israeli public for personal security,
without giving much thought to its consequences and implications.
It is a substitute for the renewal of serious political
negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement on the
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