Justice Minister: West Bank Fence Is Israel's Future Border

Livni's remarks contradict position of state prosecution; Erekat: 'This is a very dangerous development.'

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has stated publicly that the separation fence will serve as "the future border of the state of Israel" and that, "the High Court of Justice, in its rulings over the fence, is drawing the country's borders."

Livni's remarks are in contradiction to the position of the state prosecution, which she oversees as justice minister. The prosecution has many times stated in court, when petitions against the separation fence were being heard, that the barrier is a "security" rather than a "political" fence, and that it is a temporary measure. "Just as the fence has been built, so it can be taken down or moved," the prosecution has oft stated.

Speaking a few days ago at a legal conference in Caesarea, Livni said: "One does not have to be a genius to see that the fence will have implications for the future border. This is not the reason for its establishment, but it could have political implications."

Supreme Court Justice Mishael Cheshin, who participated in the conference, told Livni: "That is not what you have contended in court."

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Livni's comments confirmed that the barrier was a pretext for taking lands the Palestinians want for their state.

"This is a very dangerous development and undermines the chances of permanent state negotiations," Erekat said. "This just proves that Israel wants to dictate and not negotiate."