“Israel will have a high, massive fence around the entire country to protect itself,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday during a tour in the south of a security barrier being built along the Jordanian border.
“They will say to me, ‘What do you want to do, protect the villa?’ And the answer is, ‘Yes.’ ‘What, we will encircle the whole country with a fence and barriers?’ The answer is an unequivocal ‘Yes,’” said Netanyahu.
The eastern fence will protect the airport being built at Timna, which Netanyahu also inspected. The cost of the first 30 miles of construction — from Eilat to Samar Dunes — is estimated at 288 million shekels. On the tour Tuesday, Netanyahu also inspected the construction at Timna.
“We are preparing a multi-year project to encircle Israel with a security fence, to defend ourselves in the Middle East as it is now, and as it is expected to be,” he said. In addition, he said, a plan is also being drawn up to fill in the gaps in the security fence in Yehudah and Shomron.
Netanyahu said it will cost billions of shekels to complete the project, and will be spread over a number of years.
Asked by reporters what Israel will do if tunnels are burrowed under the fence, he replied, “We are doing other things that I will not describe here.”
He was also asked why Israel is only building along these 20 miles. What about the rest of the Jordanian border?
Replied Netanyahu: “We are discussing this. But as I see it, in the end, the country will have a fence all around it. We have to protect ourselves from these wild beasts.”