Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu led a triumphal tour of the nearly completed Egyptian border fence on Wednesday, making comparisons to the ancient Romans and promising more of the same on the Syrian and Jordanian borders.
“There has not been an engineering feat this large since the days of Herod,” proclaimed Netanyahu during his visit to the 15-foot high, 150-mile-long fence that has been under construction since November 2010.
Accompanying the Prime Minister was IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen Yair Naveh who declared it “mission accomplished.”
Just in time for the elections, too.
Well, almost. Construction on the barrier has another 8 miles to go around Eilat, before the 1.35 billion shekel project is actually finished.
When that happens, Netanyahu said, work will begin on similar fences on the frontiers with Syria, and then Jordan.
Netanyahu said that investment in the project is paying off. Whereas infiltration of African migrants over the border last January had reached a peak of some 3,000 people per month, in December it was down to only 30.
Regarding the fence’s second purpose, as a defense against terrorist attacks originating from Sinai, Netanyahu, quoting the Southern Region commander, Gen. Tal Russo, who briefed him at the fence, said there has been a significant decline in attempted attacks from Sinai.