The Washington Post compiles an excellent map of Israel's "separation barrier" to accompany Scot Wilson's article on the subject.
As you can see, along with the completely understandable goal of defending Israel Proper, the wall involves various kinds of land-grabs along the border, and also more than a few penumbras and emanations aimed at securing the more far-flung settlements. This, combined with the gray "Jews only" roads that criss-cross the West Bank, constitutes a major inconvenience for tens of thousands of Palestinians and seems to lay the groundwork for a situation where the Palestinians on the other side of the wall enjoy some kind of autonomy or even formal independence while remaining essentially under Israeli control.
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