PM ´satisfied´ with Egypt border fence progress (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 03/27/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew down to the border with Egypt
Tuesday to look at the progress of the fence along Israel´s western
border. The prime minister expressed satisfaction with the pace of
Currently, 104 kilometers of the 242-kilometer-long border with Egypt
has a 4.7-meter fence with razor barbed wire. By September, another
123 kilometers are expected to be finished with the whole border
sealed by the end of the year.
Netanyahu said that the fence answers one of Israel´s four threats,
which he identified as the nuclear threat, the missile threat, the
cyber threat, and the border threat.
The prime minister said that the fence does three things: it bars
entrance of illegal workers, stops smugglers, and is a barrier to
Netanyahu has been taking these trips to the border to monitor the
fence´s progress every six months since he came into office and has
made it a key priority in his government.
During the visit, Netanyahu referenced the fire in Rehovot Monday
night in which five members of a family were killed, saying the whole
country is shocked by what happened there and would do everything it
could to help the surviving mother. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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