The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, are to officially announce the beginning of the 30 KM fence project sometime today.The 30 kilometer fence will be built under the pretext of “blocking infiltrators from the east”, PNN reports. According to Arutz Sheva Israeli website, the project will cost about three billion shekels ($765 million).

The first stage of construction on the fence will begin in Eilat and stretch northward. The length of the fence is estimated at 30 kilometers (19 miles) – nearly an eighth of the 230 kilometer (143 mile) long border between Israel and Jordan.

The fence is being designed “with the aim of having a similar effect in preventing the entrance of infiltrators as the fence on Israel’s southern border with the Sinai Peninsula,” Arutz Sheva reported.

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