The Israel security cabinet approved funding for the nation to begin building a fence along its border with Jordan, marking the third time the nation has built fences alongside its neighbors.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the fence in more detail on June 29, saying it will be more than 18 miles long. Construction will begin at the southern tip of Israel, near Eilat, and end near the site of a new airport farther north in Timna, reports The Associated Press.
Netanyahu also said the fence will be built entirely on Israeli land, as to not interfere with Jordan’s territory. Jordanian authorities also approved of the fence, signifying a friendlier and more cooperative relationship.
In 1994, Israel and Jordan signed a peace deal and have maintained a stable relationship since. Israel says the fence is only for security purposes, as Israel has built fences along its Syrian and Egyptian borders to deter illegal immigrants and terrorists from entering the country.
“This is an important matter. This is part of our national security,” said Netanyahu. He reiterated that the fence would be created “without in any way harming the sovereignty or national interests of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”
Tensions have escalated between Israel and Jordan recently, with Jordan threatening to remove the 1994 peace agreement, according to Israel National News. Fueling the dissent between the two countries was last year’s attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by two Arab terrorists; after the attack, the Jordanian government held a special prayer session to remember the terrorists who lost their lives. Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur also wrote letters of condolence to the families of the two terrorists.
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