Netanyahu: Israel planning to surround country with security fences

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is preparing a plan to completely surround the country with security fences.

“At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” Netanyahu said Tuesday while on a tour of the security fence being constructed on the country’s eastern border with Jordan. “Will we surround all of the State of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes. In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”

The multi-year plan, which will also include closing the holes in the West Bank security barrier, “will cost many billions,” Netanyahu said.

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