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with the fence, you would not need so
many roadblocks, you would not need
Israeli presence inside the cities and
you could limit the contact between
Israelis and Palestinians.
Once we have the fence, most of our
activity should be against, God forbid,
missiles and mortars. That's the only
thing that will make us go inside. It
will make life more difficult for those
in the area certainly in some aspect,
but for the majority of people it will
allow them to live their life without
Israelis. It's a temporary solution.

Roet: Five miles out of 85 walls is
concrete in places where there is either
a city or there is a road because there
are snipers. The argument of whether
to call it a wall or a fence is ridiculous.
Security-wise, it's a barrier that cannot
be crossed.
The fence and the wall can be
moved. There is nothing sinister in the
fence; there is nothing sinister in the
idea of a fence. The idea that it is sin-
ister came from the political left.
Will peace happen any time soon?
After every terror attack, there is
Roet: What does it matter what
criticism of the Sharon government:
Palestinian feelings are if the man
Why is there no fence? Why is it so
who's in control, and proven he's still
easy that one can cross the road, can
in control, is still Yasser
cross the area from one
Arafat. He doesn't want
side to the other, by
peace, he doesn't want rec-
walking or taking a
onciliation and he doesn't
four-by-four car and go
want
to go against Hamas.
over the roadblocks and
The problem is not so
explode themselves and
much how we negotiate,
kill Israelis? For that
the problem is that Arafat
reason, the fence is
is still there and won't let
there.
anybody work. We will
Regarding the route
not do what we did with
of the fence, it can be
Oslo: that is, ignore
moved. The fence is an
infringement and incite-
expensive thing, $2
ment.
million a kilometer, but Kaufman: Fen ce is a step
The sheer declaration of
if we want peace, if we
to greater secur ity.
agreement on the road map
negotiate a settlement,
to peace means a right-wing Israeli
we can negotiate the fence and we can
negotiate the border. The fence follows government is willing to have a
to some extent the Green Line because Palestinian state; that's an amazing
turnabout. Only we need a Palestinian
of population. We either have an
leader willing to negotiate. Is it going
agreement that states the border or we
to happen? I think it is. I'm just
don't.
Stage A of the fence was there before doubtful it can happen soon with
Arafat there.
the road map for peace. The
Palestinians didn't make it a whole
issue until the road map. They had the
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chance to say they would not accept
During their visit, Roet and Kaufman
the road map for peace unless the
met with U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-
issues of prisoners and the fence were
Macomb County, addressed Wayne
brought up. They said nothing except
State University students at a Hillel of
accusing Israel of not accepting the
Metro Detroit-sponsored event at the
road map. We accepted the road map.
Student Center Building on campus,
We committed ourselves to a
met with WSU President Irvin D.
Palestinian state in the second stage of
Reid, and met with Rev. Bill Gepford
the road map. And in the third stage
of the Episcopal diocese and Rev.
of the road map is the right of return
Richard Singleton of the Detroit
issue.
Council of Churches.
no
terror-
if
there
were
I can tell you
They also addressed a joint meeting
ist attacks in the next half of a year,
of the boards of the Anti-Defamation
there is no way the fence would con-
League, the American Jewish
tinue. It's expensive, it's controversial
Committee and the Jewish
and there is no reason to build a fence
Community Council, and spoke to an
if they don't cross the border and kill
Israeli-Diaspora Jewry dialogue group
you.
of the AJCommittee.
No one can deny that the fence cuts
Hilary and Selwyn Isakow hosted an
through Palestinian area and that
ADL gathering for them at Franklin
makes it difficult for people along the
Hills Country Club. II
border, but that ignores the fact that

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