The Israeli side of the security barrier that separates Israel from parts of the West Bank may soon become a venue for artistic displays. As part of an initiative put forth by Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Israeli artists and schoolchildren will paint pictures on the wall displaying information on terrorist attacks that originated in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas and on attacks that were prevented due to the existence of the barrier.
The security barrier, on which construction started in 2002, has saved many Israeli lives by thwarting Palestinian suicide bombers from reaching Israeli cities, but it has also been prominently featured in anti-Israel propaganda campaigns.
"From a public relations standpoint, [the security barrier] has been a burden for us," Edelstein wrote in a letter to the Israel Defense Forces Colonel Ofir Hindi, who is in charge of the Seamline Administration.
Edelstein noted the close attention that the security barrier receives from the international media and said that artistic displays on the barrier would aid Israel's public diplomacy efforts.
Many segments of the Palestinian side of the security barrier are adorned with pro-Palestinian artistic work.