"The purpose of the soldiers and their watchtower was and is to blockade the Gaza and put the population on a diet, keeping out food, fuel, medicine... " - Fred in Philly No Fred. The watch tower is to prevent infiltration, smuggling, or give warning of invasion. Israel DOES have a very real problem with neighbors who would harm Israelis. I have often deplored the policy of the Olmert government of trying to starve out Hamas. But that does not cloud my understanding of exactly why Israel needs to guard it's borders. The occupied territories are not like Canada is to the US. There are very real threats to the people of Israel across the Gaza border.
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