The planned route of the West Bank security barrier in Gush Etzion is no longer relevant, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Monday during a tour of the area.

"The barrier was planned under security circumstances that no longer exist, and there is no need to revive it," he said.

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"Construction of the fence along the planned route may create an additional political front, and may cause frustrations among Jewish and Arab residents who developed here a model of coexistence," Rivlin stated. "We need to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, while living together... we are in one country and should continue to develop a way to live with each other and not separate from each other."  


Rivlin called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reconsider implementing the plans: "The fence was not built when there was a need to build it in 2003, and we must now re-consider whether it is necessary to build it."