As has been stated by others, if Israel built the fence for defensive reasons they would put the fence around their boarders. But they placed it where the Palestinians live. And the world knows that.
Israel has a stranglehold on what and who can enter or leave Gaza by land, air or sea. They allow just enough to keep the population from mass starvation. Having the Palestinians ‘on a diet’ as the Israelis vulgarly call it. You know, like other vulgar terms such a ‘mowing the lawn’. It’s the same with the water, and most of what is available to the Palestinians is impure. The lack of health care and services makes everything worse. They can only fish close to the coast where the lack of sanitation has the waters polluted. And you can’t farm when your land is stolen. The majority of the people in Gaza are refugees. You starting to get the picture?
When you lament that Israeli critics don’t put any blame on Egypt then you’re grasping for straws. The Egyptian government has been hostile to the Palestinians, especially pernicious considering what the Israelis are doing. But why has Egyptian governments been doing this? There’s no way to describe the history of this in cartoon simple terms. But in general the continued displacement of populations to increase settlement expansion came to a head.
In a September 1967 meeting by Rafi, the most hawkish element of the Labor party who were in power at the time, the policy on the settlements got established. It was written by Shimon Peres. From Peres: “Israel’s new map will be determined by its policies of settlement and new land-taking,” and therefore called for “urgent efforts” to establish settlements not only in East Jerusalem, but also “to the north, south and east,” including Hebron, Gush-Etzion, etc.; the Jordan valley; “the central region of the mountains of Shechem [Nablus]”; the Golan Heights, the El-Arish region in the Sinai and the Red Sea access. The Labor coalition policies were even more extreme, notably the Galili protocols of 1973 and the policies implementing them, including the expulsion of thousands of Beduins into the desert, their homes, mosques and graveyards destroyed to clear the lands for the all-Jewish city of Yamit in northern Sinai, steps that led directly to the 1973 war.
Now Sadat warned this would lead to war but after the 1967 war, Israel felt it was militarily superior. Expressions like ‘war was not the Arabs game’ and ‘they (Arabs) don’t know which end to hold the gun’ were the norm. We know the 1973 war happened and Israel came close to being defeated. For US planners Egypt could not longer be ignored. The US brought Egypt into its fold, giving it the second highest foreign aid after Israel and that remains up to the present. The Arab Spring, needless to say, left US foreign policy specialists a bit unnerved.
There’s a history. We’re all big boys and girls. Time to put the make believe stories behind us.