Occupation and Sprawl

On the drive from the airport to Jerusalem, we went past the town of Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut, a bedroom community that’s conveniently located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. One problem, however, is that the most convenient driving route from the town into Jerusalem is to take Route 443, a limited access highway that cuts through a swathe of the West Bank:


Not the biggest impediment to peace in the universe, but an interesting example of integration-in-practice of Israel and Palestine. A sign of non-integration in practice is that though Palestinians have access to the road in order to get on it from one of the Palestinian villages it passes through you have to stop at a checkpoint, degrading its practical utility.