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Israeli government pushes for securing its borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, by finishing much of the border fences, a measure against illegal migrants and infiltration of insurgent groups

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A panoramic view of some of the border fence Israel has completed separating Israel from Egypt (L) is seen. EPA photo

A panoramic view of some of the border fence Israel has completed separating Israel from Egypt (L) is seen. EPA photo

Israel has completed the main segment of a razor-wire fence along its border with Egypt, while also strengthening border fences with Lebanon and the Golan Heights against security leaks and illegal African migrants, whom the country’s prime minister vows to send back to their home countries.

The five-meter-high fence, bolstered by military surveillance equipment, has been touted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of his commitment to Israel’s security as he campaigns for a national election on Jan. 22, Reuters reported.

Once the final 14-kilometer section is completed within three months, the fence will stretch from Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat to the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean.

 Israel also replaced the old fences at the Golan Heights with new ones to discourage migrants from war-torn Syria. The new 56-kilometer fence extends from the southern Golan Heights to the northern region of Quneitra, Egyptian newspaper Al-Arabia reported. The region has seen Israeli forces deploy tanks and spyware devices along its border with Syria, fearing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime could use chemical weapons against the homegrown opposition. With security and illegal immigration a target of his campaign, Netanyahu travelled by military helicopter to the southern frontier for a Jan. 2 ceremony marking the completion of the 230-kilometer section of fence at a cost of $430 million.

The government plans to finish the final 12-kilometer stretch near Eilat within the next three months, the Israeli Hayom newspaper reported yesterday.

‘Next mission:’ Sending migrants back to home

“Just as we completely stopped infiltration into Israeli cities, we will succeed in the next mission - the repatriation of tens of thousands of infiltrators already in Israel to their home countries,” Hayom cited Netanyahu as saying at the ceremony.

Israel repatriated 3,920 migrants from Africa to their countries of origin this past year, Netanyahu explained during his tour. “We must finish this work on other state borders where there is still the danger that infiltrators can trickle through.”

Israel is also strengthening its security measures at other borders, such as those with Lebanon and Jordan.

Israeli troops installed more surveillance equipment along the fence that separates the Lebanese-Israeli border yesterday, according to the state-run National News Agency, and a patrol of several members set up advanced monitoring cameras on the wall at Fatima gate in the border town of Kfarkila, Israeli daily Naharnet reported yesterday.

Israel may also look to improve the long border fence with Jordan, should there be money for such an endeavor, according to Bezalel Treiber, the head of Operations, Logistics and Property at the Defense Ministry, The Times of Israel reported on its website yesterday. Treiber said lessons learned building the Egypt border fence were being applied on the northern frontier.

The Israeli government has accelerated its construction, deported migrants and imposed legal penalties on Israelis who hire them without work permits.

January/04/2013

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Ken Alden

1/4/2013 5:45:59 PM

@Vergen V. In these columns people exchange their OPINIONS and don't have to stand at attention to fulfill your demands! Let me try again; People migrate for advancement and not for Religeon! Turkey has a clear migrant labor practice as outlined to you previously. You on the other hand use the cheap labor and when you are finished, them, youdiscard them like a squeezed out lemon, by returning them to their country of origin, knowing well that they will be punished for illegal departure! Nice!

Ken Alden

1/4/2013 3:19:53 PM

Maybe if the fence was in place in 1967 it would have stopped Israel from attacking Egypt Sinai at a loss of 9.780 IDF lives here is why: Richman and Grossman tell us that in 1967, “the Arab world threatened Israel with destruction.” Here’s what then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin said in 1982:“In June 1967, we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentration in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack them!

Vargen Vargen

1/4/2013 3:09:54 PM

Ken Alden. You did not answer the question. WHY dont they go to Egypt or Turkey or Iran? They go there out of their own free will, they are not forced with guns. So WHY do they not go to their brothers, but instead to Israel?

suat yildirim

1/4/2013 12:51:33 PM

What a country to live . Open prison ?

Ken Alden

1/4/2013 12:05:10 PM

@Vargen Vargen, They come to Israel because it is an open Secret, that you are always ready to and willing to use cheap labor, when it suits you, particularly around harvest time. Israel's single largest agricultural Land owner needs all the Labor he can get, who is he; A. Sh.! Israel imports labor from as far as Thailand, but those people find the Exploitation untolerable and leave as soon as possible. Turkey and Iran has it's shareof illegal Immigrants, In most cases they stay 90 days and & GO

I'nubiya Marsha Rhoden

1/4/2013 11:11:38 AM

Better yet, Israel should just construct a vast iron dome covering its entire STOLEN territory.

Vargen Vargen

1/4/2013 9:52:46 AM

Why are the immigrants, often from Muslim countries, going to Israel? Why not instead join their Muslim brothers in for example Turkey or Iran?
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