The park-to--be in the picture accompanying this article is not giantr redwoods or a Niagara Falls, but it is a fair representation of the land and general environment of central Israel, and is therefor worth some effort at preservation.. This is especially true when one obsserves the route of the Separation Barrier, which twists and turns at all sorts of places where Israeli courts simply handed land over to the Palestinians , in disregard for its effect on the ability to defend against infiltrators and full-scale armies alike. Their overriding concern seems to have been to put every square inch that could coceivably be justified into the hands of the Palestinians,and if this process resulrts in turning much empty scrub land into infiltration routes, that's just too bad. If Palestinians have owned this land since the Muslim conquest 1400 years ago but have done nothing at all with it in alkl this time, it is reasonablle to believe they never would, but Israeli judges see itdifferently. Any land that could be claimed by Palestinians is to be given to them, without regard for the basic value of scrubland as worthless as can be imagined, except that the scrubland overlooks Israeli towns, and in Palestinian hands it is both a threat and an expense. Someday the true cost of these disruptive features will be paid in blood.
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from the article: Nature conservation - the continuation of the occupation by other means