The Negev residents' complaints received no significant attention until a farmer, Shai Dromi, took the law into his hands last week and killed an intruder on his ranch.
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
Shall one who acknowledges a wrong and leaves that path be forgiven? If they were to prove they learned from the errors of the disengagement. But the decisions made during the Lebanon war show that Olmert and Livni didn't learn anything.
In order to resolve the crisis, it is necessary to take biblical measures: Burn the accursed thing - the personal and public corruption in all its forms and shapes - before it burns us.
The main discussion of the declarations of Syrian President Bashar Assad centers around the question of whether he wants peace or is conducting sophisticated psychological warfare to moderate American hostility.
Olmert knows - and the precedent set by Ariel Sharon proves - that the path of making territorial concessions is his only hope for saving himself from ousting and perhaps a trial.
In the next war, like in the era of the Maccabean forces, we will need real heroes among both the minor soldiers and the senior commanders.
Now, when the Arab Israeli sector's distinguished public institutions present plans whose not-hidden goal is practical separation from the democratic Jewish state, Education Minister Yuli Tamir orders the Green Line be redrawn in textbooks.
At the annual memorial for David Ben-Gurion, Olmert delivered a speech which focused on the vision of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The same evening, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) organized a panel to discuss "To whom does this country belong?"
Israel, which up until the Yom Kippur War was careful to relocate the war, at a high intensity, to the enemy?s territory, became a country on the receiving end, lacking security.
We must tell the next generation the truth - that fences and unilateral withdrawals increase the enemy's motivation.