Gallant says Israel will build new security barrier along Jordan border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Illustrative: The border fence between Israel and Jordan in the Jordan Valley, March 19, 2023. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
Illustrative: The border fence between Israel and Jordan in the Jordan Valley, March 19, 2023. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says Israel will build a new security barrier along the border with Jordan, although it is unclear where funding for the enterprise would come from.

Army Radio cites Gallant as saying at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting that “terror organizations have identified [the West Bank] as a weak spot, and direct many resources there for the purpose of attacks. Looking ahead, we intend to erect a barrier on the border with Jordan as well.”

There is an aging fence along the 309-kilometer (192-mile) border Jordan shares with Israel and the West Bank, though military and police officials say it is sufficient enough to prevent most gun smuggling attempts.

A 30-kilometer (18-mile) portion of the border with Jordan, near the southernmost city of Eilat and the new Ramon International Airport, has been upgraded in a similar fashion to Israel’s border barriers with Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Israel shelled out NIS 300 million ($88 million) for the small section of the border near Eilat, meaning that a project to cover the whole Jordanian border would likely cost billions of shekels.

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