Robert Fisk has an excellent article in the LA Times that touches on some of the same points I made in my last posting. Well worth reading. Here's one excerpt:
Then there is the "wall," the massive concrete obstruction whose purpose, according to the Israeli authorities, is to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from killing innocent Israelis. In this, it seems to have had some success. But it does not follow the line of Israel's 1967 border and cuts deeply into Arab land. And all too often these days, journalists call it a "fence" rather than a "wall." Or a "security barrier," which is what Israel prefers them to say. For some of its length, we are told, it is not a wall at all — so we cannot call it a "wall," even though the vast snake of concrete and steel that runs east of Jerusalem is higher than the old Berlin Wall.
Since I'm on this subject, I'll also mention that one of the best pieces I've seen on the wall is this article by the inimitable Ran HaCohen, one of the most lucid, engaging, and insightful commentators I know of on the issue of Palestine/Israel. When a new article of his shows up on antiwar.com I always read it immediately, and without fail he has something to say (or has found a way to say it) that I haven't considered before. I highly recommend reading through any and all of his archived articles if you want to understand this issue more deeply.