UN Set to Discuss ICJ Ruling on Friday

Security officials have decided to map the route of the separation fence as close as possible to the 1967 Green Line, following the High Court's June 30 ruling on the fence. The security officials' decision was relayed at the start of the week to the Justice Ministry, and was reviewed in a meeting on Sunday convened by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.

In New York, United Nations spokesmen indicated yesterday that the UN will hold an emergency session on Friday to discuss the advisory opinion reached Friday by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Delegates from dozens of countries are expected for the UN meeting. Sources in New York told Haaretz that Israel's decision to ignore the ICJ's decision questioning the legality of the separation fence is likely to prompt a storm of criticism at Friday's meeting.

A draft resolution about the fence sponsored by the PLO mission to the UN and Arab states was circulated yesterday among diplomats in New York. The draft resolution calls on Israel to cease construction immediately on the barrier.

The Israeli officials' decision to move the fence closer to the Green Line applies in principle to the entire barrier, and not just to the 30-kilometer stretch northwest of Jerusalem that was disqualified by the High Court ruling. The decision means that the construction of the fence in regions that are not adjacent to the Green Line is likely to be stopped.

But Justice Ministry officials believe it is unlikely that stretches of the fence which have already been completed, and which do not abut the Green Line, will be dismantled, pointing out that the construction of the fence in these locales proves that these stretches were not disputed by legal petitions.

"We aspire not to separate Palestinians from their lands, and of course we will try not to create enclaves," a Defense Ministry spokeswoman said yesterday regarding the new plans for the separation fence.