On assignment in Israel, I had a fascinating conversation with IDF Col. (Ret) Dany Tirza, who headed strategic development for Israel’s security wall.
Construction began in 2002, and had reduced terror attacks originating in the West Bank by approximately 99 per cent.
Tirza tells me that between three to five people still try to cross the barrier illegally every day. Most are criminals but he adds that others include:
"Palestinian women that are running away from their families. You know what happens to a Palestinian wife if her husband suspects her. She'd better run away."
Tirza and I also discuss the dramatic demographic shift in the nearby town of Bethlehem. Once majority Christian, it is now overwhelmingly Muslim. I asked who was responsible for driving the Christians out, and his answer may surprise you.
We also talked about the logistics of the barrier, and whether or not this design would be suitable for construction on the U.S. southern border.
(PS: See more reports from The Rebel mission in Israel at RebelIsrael.com)