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Sharon: Buffer will Protect Largest Samaria Town

Israel will construct its security buffer to the east of the small Samarian town Ariel, according to the country’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The United States is objecting to any building of the buffer in the West Bank.

But Sharon has been under intense pressure from the political right in Israel not to leave the 20,000-strong community outside the buffer.

The buffer is a mixture of fences, walls, troughs, watch towers, canine and human defenses. Its aim is to separate the Palestinian areas from major Israeli population centers.

The final decision on the buffer’s route is expected to be taken by the Israeli cabinet on Wednesday.