Saturday, August 11, 2007

A necessary division

The New York Times' headline for this story is "A Segregated Road in an Already Divided Land":

JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 — Israel is constructing a road through the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, that will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to travel along it — separately.

There are two pairs of lanes, one for each tribe, separated by a tall wall of concrete patterned to look like Jerusalem stones, an effort at beautification indicating that the road is meant to be permanent. The Israeli side has various exits; the Palestinian side has few.

Do we need to remind people why the Israelis very lives depend on keeping Palestinians out of Israel? Do we need to remind people why the land is "divided" in the first place.