The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Defense, Moshe Yaâ€™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 â€śblocking infiltrators from the eastâ€ť, 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) â€“ nearly an eighth of the 230 kilometer (143 mile) long border between Israel and Jordan.
The fence is being designed â€świth the aim of having a similar effect in preventing the entrance of infiltrators as the fence on Israelâ€™s southern border with the Sinai Peninsula,â€ť Arutz Sheva reported.