He said the fence would help protect an Israeli airport due to open next year at Timna, 19 km (12 miles) from Eilat, and which has been billed as a wartime alternative should Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport come under rocket attack.
“This is an important matter. It is part of our national security,” Netanyahu said.
“It is an addition security fence we built along our border in the Sinai, which prevented the entry of illegal infiltrators into Israel, and of course of the various terror organizations. This step is also an addition to the fence we built on our border in the Golan Heights.
The fence, he said would go up in Israeli territory, “without in any way harming the sovereignty or national interests of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan”.
Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 and one with Egypt in 1979.
The country has already built high-tech fences in the north on the Lebanon border and along the Golan Heights boundary with Syria. Much of the West Bank is also divided by a network of fences…
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