Bush's Misguided Criticism of Israel's Security Fence
By David Holcberg (Jerusalem Post, August 12, 2003)
While President Bush was right to criticize the Palestinian Authority for not acting against terrorism directed at Israel, he should be ashamed of criticizing Israel for building a security fence.
Note the absurdity of the criticism's moral equivalence: while the Palestinian Authority does absolutely nothing to stop terrorists from organizing, training and slipping into Israel to murder and maim, Israel is criticized for building a fence to protect itself from such attacks!
Such criticism is no different, in principle, than criticism directed against a man who builds a fence to protect his family from criminals attacking them from his neighbor's property.
President Bush's misguided criticism implies a moral equivalence between those who act in self-defense and the terrorists who initiate violence against them, and it can have only one result: to facilitate the terrorists' attacks while undermining their victims' ability to defend themselves.