All this building and the roads and other infrastructure that is put in place to serve these new communities has another downside which is rarely mentioned. As someone who has been going to Israel for 50 years, the changes that the occupation has wrought on the landscape is devastating. A few weeks ago I spent quite a bit of time in E. Jerusalem and the southern part of the West Bank and what was once a beautiful and largely barren landscape is now scarred with townships, roads, concrete walls, barbed wire fencing and general infrastructure. The occupation in itself is ugly and what it has done to the landscape is equally so. In their determination to settle the land, politicians have not cared about the physical destruction they have also wrought. That is another tragedy!
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