Jerusalem Takes Priority for Security Fence

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Defense Ministry will resume construction of the security fence around Jerusalem within the next few weeks.

Defense Ministry Director General Pinchas Buchras and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Dan Harel met to determine where limited funds should be used first.

Budgetary constraints have left the security barrier unfinished in several areas.

In early February, suicide bombers dispatched from the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Hebron succeeded in their deadly mission in the Israeli town of Dimona, about 23 miles south of Beersheba, killing one woman and injuring 11 others.

Despite the need to complete the security fence in the Mt. Hebron region, where the suicide bombers entered through a gap in the barrier, defense officials determined it was more urgent to close the fence around Jerusalem before picking up construction near Hebron.

According to Buchris, the Finance Ministry will allocate $69 million to complete the barrier.

"When there are budgetary limitations, the decision is made according to operational considerations. Undoubtedly, so long as there is no obstacle in place in south Mt. Hebron, the area is a weak point. As the fence blocks off more and more areas, so will the attempts to infiltrate Israel through that weak point," said one defense official.

Source: YNet news service

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