December 10, 2009
The very latest in stell underground walls is being constructed by Egyptian engineers to co ntain Gaza and reduce smuggling along its borders. According to the Guardian (UK) in today's editions, "Work has begun on Egypt's northern border to dig the foundations for what reports say will be a vast underground metal wall in the latest effort to prevent weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip.""
Egyptian security officials have said they are digging steel tubes into the ground on their side of the border and are paving a road that will have devices along its route to monitor smuggling. The US Army Corps of Engineers, which is reportedly involved, has worked with the Egyptians on preventing smuggling along this border for at least two years, said the Guardian. The complete story is here..
"Egypt's new wall will be about six miles long and "impossible to cut or melt", the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said. It said construction had already begun and that large slates of steel would eventually be buried into the ground. Joint Egyptian-American patrols had been seen on the Egyptian side of the border, it said."
Meanwhile, in the European Union vs Israel fight...
The Associated Press reports today on the continuing media battles between the European Union and Israel over the status of Jerusalem as the eventual capital of both Israel and Palestine. In its reports AP rreported that, "The European Union accused Israel on Thursday of trying to divide the 27-nation bloc to stop it passing a resolution calling for Jerusalem to be the shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state."
"The new resolution adopted by the EU on Tuesday sparked an angry reaction from Israel, which captured the eastern half of city on 1967 and considers it its eternal undivided capital. Palestinians want east Jerusalem as part of a future independent state."
"An EU official said Israel had lobbied intensively for the European foreign ministers to dilute an earlier draft proposed by Sweden — who currently holds the EU's rotating presidency — which explicitly stated that east Jerusalem should be the capital of a Palestinian state."
"Israeli leaders telephoned politicians in several European nations to press for removal of the passage, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. In the end, the ministers modified the original draft, but still referred to the status of Jerusalem "as the future capital of two states," the official said."
"Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Thursday that Israel should desist from trying to divide the bloc. He insisted that the Tuesday's decision demonstrated that the EU was a "cohesive and clear force" on global issues, including the Middle East."
So much for peaceful co-existence among usually allied peoples.
That's it for now. Stay tuned for more news.