israel is soliciting bids from contractors to dig a moat between egypt and the gaza strip. as the article explains: "It was not clear whether the moat would be filled with water, as Israeli military sources had suggested last month, or would be a dry moat." although a dry moat, technically speaking, is not a moat, but a ditch. i guess the "ditch plan" just didn't have the same ring to it.
if successful, perhaps israel will explore other exciting technical breakthroughs from the middle ages, like big vats of boiling oil.
(article via the agonist (check out their spiffy new site!))