One thing the critics of Israel like to point out is the concrete separation barrier in between the main part of Israel and the West Bank.
A tour leader I spoke to told us that the concrete wall only accounts for less than 5% of the fence in between.
Not so easy to see in this picture perhaps but there is just a chain link fence in between the Jewish orchards and Palestinian towns in the background, the silver things is some rows of fruit trees with plastic sheeting over them.
Here we are passing in a quite narrow strip of land in Israel parallel with Tel Aviv.
I have done some more experimenting with Google Maps.
Note – please press the [ – ] button to zoom out on each of these maps to get a better understanding of where you are looking at.
This line drawn across is only 8.8 miles this show how narrow this section of Israel would be in parallel to a possible Palestinian state, further down a bit is Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, this especially needs to be carefully guarded with the flights arriving and departing each day.
This map here shows the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Beer Sheva, both of these cities have been hit in recent months by GRAD missiles, these have a radius of 25 miles /40 kilometres. The diagrams show these cities are just in proximity of attacks from Gaza, now I don’t know where these are launched from in the Gaza strip exactly, so this is approximate but you should be able to get the idea, these cities are just about reachable by GRADs, and there is fear that other weapons could reach further in.
For those of you who think the middle east crisis can be fixed with a two state solution, I would advise you to check out this site, it shows how Israel’s borders are defended, and how a new Palestinian state is impractical as well as wrong I believe from a Christian biblical point of view.
I personally want to see safety and security of all people here, but I think its important know exactly the threats and practicalities involved here.