Israel Begins Building Its ‘Big Beautiful [Smart] Wall’ Along the Gaza Border

Article CAIRCO note: 
Walls work - if constructed Israeli style
Article author: 
Hana Levi Julian
Article publisher: 
Jewish Press
Article date: 
3 February 2019
Article category: 
National News
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Israel has begun construction on a taller, larger, bigger above-ground “smart fence” along the Gaza border, to accompany the partially-completed underground barrier which includes advanced sensors and monitoring devices used to detect subterranean terrorist tunnels.

The underground barrier work “will continue in parallel with the work on the fence,” according to the Defense Ministry.

“The barrier is similar to the one on the Egyptian border, but it has significant improvements and includes innovative security elements,” according to the statement from the ministry.

The recently-built security fence along the Egyptian border has dropped the number of infiltrations from the Sinai to zero....

The new upgraded security barrier is to stretch some 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the Kerem Shalom Crossing in the south to the recently-completed 200-meter sea barrier near Zikkim beach along Israel’s Mediterranean coast in the north. A six-meter smart fence also surrounds the breakwater at the sea barrier, comprised of three layers to provide extra security....



Israel begins construction of new Gaza border barrier, France24, February 3, 2019:

"Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting.
The barrier, set to stand six metres (20 feet) off the ground, "will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground", he said in Hebrew....
It is set to follow the 65-kilometre (40-mile) course of an underground barrier also under construction meant to neutralise the threat of cross-border tunnels built by Gaza militants....
Dems Want "Smart Wall"; So Much For "Too Expensive" Talking Point, James Kirkpatrick, VDare, January 24, 2019:
... Yet now Democrats seem to believe that it isn't the money that's the problem; it's the fact that it's a real wall. ...
Thus, the debate now isn't really about the cost, it's about what would work. As Byron York argues, an effective wall has to keep aliens out of the country altogether, not simply track them as they come in and claim asylum. ...
It's just a question as to whether "moderate" Republicans like Senator Cory Gardner will break before President Trump can get the funding he needs.