Middle East's many border barriers: do good fences really make good neighbors?
In 1914, American poet Robert Frost penned “Good fences make good neighbors”. He clearly wasn’t writing about Israel as the Jewish state didn’t yet exist. Israel's barrier wall, intended to bolster national security, is considered by Palestinians - and many others - to be a land grab, and the World Court has declared it illegal. But it's not the only wall in the Middle East.
Since the Berlin Wall dropped in 1989, more than 40 nations have built border barriers seeking enhanced security and a halt to illegal migration. Walls and trenches arose in reaction to wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Afghanistan and to curtail the resultant waves of refugees. We hear you knocking, but you can't come in.