Netanyahu confirms Sinai border fence cut illegal intrusions by 99.9 percent

Israel's southern fence has almost halted illegal crossings into the country completely

by The Commentator on 4 June 2013 13:53


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week commented on the data that indicates a continued decline in the number of infiltrators who have entered Israeli territory and said, "The fence that we built in the south is achieving the result for which it was erected.

"As opposed to the over 2,000 infiltrators who entered Israel exactly one year ago and dispersed to various cities, in May 2013 exactly two infiltrators crossed the border and were detained. Now we need to focus on repatriating the illegal infiltrators who are here, and we will meet this task as well," said Netanyahu.

The main, 144-mile section of the fence was completed in early 2013, according to a January report by the Wall Street Journal.

It is sixteen feet high and includes "barbed wire, surveillance cameras and radar."

By comparison, the U.S.-Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long, and only about a third is fenced off. The Israeli fence's construction was accelerated due to security concerns in the years since Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak left power, leaving a vacuum eventually filled by a Muslim Brotherhood government.

The new Israeli fence is separate from the fence that runs along, and partially inside, the West Bank, which has successfully stopped infiltrations by suicide bombers.

It also placed a small amount of disputed territory on the western, "Israeli" side of the fence while creating some hardship for local land owners and workers.

The number of illegal intrusions onto Israeli sovereign territory has declined by 99.9 percent since the erection of the fence in the south.

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