Palestinian Authority Enraged Over Israeli Buffer Zone Plans
17:31 Sep 19, '05 / 15 Elul 5765
By Hillel Fendel
PA elements are furious because Israel proposes constructing a buffer zone between northern Gaza and mainland Israel - even though it is to be built in Israeli territory.
The planned protective zone is to be at least seven kilometers (4.5 miles) long and 150 meters (165 yards) wide. Israel has two critical strategic areas in close proximity to northern Gaza: the crude oil tanks of the Ashkelon-Eilat oil pipeline, and the Rothenberg power station in Ashkelon.
Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reports that a fence already exists along the Gaza-Israel border - part of which is concrete - and another fence is planned for the other side of the buffer zone. The community of Netiv HaAsarah is located practically on the Gaza border, and Yad Mordechai, Zikim and Karmiyah are just to the north.
The fact that the location of the planned buffer zone is in Israel has not stopped the Arabs of Gaza from threatening Israel. Gaza residents are quoted in the PA's Al-Ayam newspaper as saying they would even be willing to kill themselves in order not to allow Israel to "take over the lands once again" - though Israel has no intention of doing so at present.
The Iz A-Din Al-Kassam terrorist forces of Hamas have threatened "all-out war" against Israeli soldiers who attempt to reconquer land in Gaza. The Islamic Jihad Brigades, too, warned Israel against "stealing Palestinian lands." One Islamic Jihad leader said that his group sees the Israeli plan as a "renewed attack on Palestinian lands that have just been liberated from the Israeli conquest."