Northern border fence subject to grave neglect (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.12.12, 07:58)
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Israel remains vigilant vis-à-vis volatile situation in Damascus, but
tour along Israeli side of Syrian border reveals outdated fence,
The defense establishment is on high alert on the northern front, but
while Israel remains vigilant as to the developments in Syria, it
seems that the massive deployment of advanced defense systems on the
southern border, has yet to echo on its northern counterpart.
The majority of the northern border fence, Ynet learned Thursday, has
been grossly neglected and has not been renovated since the 1975.
The defense establishment began upgrading the border with Syria after
the events of the 2011 Nakba day, which saw the part of the fence
bordering with Majdal Shams compromised.
The new fence erected along the breached segments includes a double
fence – but it stretches only across eight of the 80 kilometers that
make up the Israel-Syria border.
A tour along other parts of the border discovered rusted fences, an
outdated alert system which requires daily maintenance, a narrow,
rickety and unmaintained road – which imposes a low speed limit on
IDF vehicles for safety reasons, and topographical blind spots.
Defense sources told Ynet that the new fence was built where the
existing fence was compromised, adding that the IDF funded the
project in full, to the amount of NIS 56 million (roughly $15
"Upgrading one kilometer of border fence costs million. Upgrading the
Syrian border fence is not currently planned because there are more
urgent security needs, and because there has been no cabinet decision
to that effect."
Still, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently instructed the
defense establishment to present plans to upgrade the entire eastern
border, starting with the Jordanian fence. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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