Since construction of the security fence separating the West Bank from the rest of Israel began in 2002, suicide bombings have become a rare occurance and other terror attacks have become less common as well. This is despite the fact that 62% of Palestinian Muslims support suicide bombings according to a 2013 Pew Global poll of Muslims in the Middle East.
Israel's security fences along the Gaza Strip, Egyptian border and West Bank have helped to drastically limit the success of terrorism, drug smuggling, and other crime.
Many countries, such as the United States and India, have put up border fences along their borders. Having a border crossing where people are checked [or a checkpoint] is a standard practice internationally.
Above: A typical section of the security fence. Source: IDF
Israel has changed the location of the border fence in areas in which the Supreme Court has ruled that there could be a better location that will impede less on the lives of people in the area.
The route of the border fence is based on what would be the best from a defense perspective.
Less than five percent of the barrier is made of concrete, which stops sniper fire. The majority is fencing.
Construction on the barrier began in response to the Second Inifadah, a series of Palestinian terror attacks that killed 1001 Israelis between 2001 and 2005.
Above: How the concrete section of the barrier protects civilians from snipers. Source: Jewish Virtual Library.
Since 1967, over 2200 Israeli have been killed by Palestinian terrorists, which is why the Israeli government has erected fences and concrete barriers along a large portion of the borders between Israeli and Palestinian settlements in the West Bank near the 1949 armistice line.
Below: The Security Fence Route. Source: Jewish Virtual Library
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While fences exist worldwide, only Israel's life-saving barriers face harsh condemnations (Ynetnews.com
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|A typical section of the security fence.|
|These photographs were taken by the Yatir forest.|
|Source: Gilad Skolnick|