Thank you for a different discussion of the conflict than I have heard virtually everywhere else. I have recently visited Bethlehem to meet a friend and was disturbed by the walls and the checkpoint proceedures. Both have the effect of creating a caste system whereby free access is unilaterally controlled by the Israeli government. While visiting some of the tourist destinations within the walls my friend matter-of-factly stated the economy of Palastinians was nearly non-existent. The cost of the "solution" to suicide bomb attacks of terrorist is the destruction of livelihoods for the all residents on the inside of the walls. It is tragic to visit an educated man who speaks five languages, who owns a once successful and once profitable business, find travel to the USA easier than driving 12km to Jerusalem. I am saddenned by the recent events now unfolding. Will anyone offer a rational explaination why is it necessary to beat down an entire population for the atrocities of a few?
Two killed as Indian and Pakistani border guards trade gunfire (AP)
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