The Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Department of Engineering and Construction and the IDF Central Command began the construction of a 45 kilometer-long security barrier in the Northern Samaria area yesterday in the West Bank.The security barrier will include a protective wall, as well as additional technological means.
“We are continuing our defensive efforts in the north by strengthening the Judea and Samaria security barrier and providing solutions for the Israeli home front,” said Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, in a Statement.
“These efforts constitute an integral part of our operational activity. Along with this, we will continue to operate against all threats we face in order to maintain the security of Israel's civilians.”
The security barrier will be about 45 kilometers long and 9 meters tall, beginning in Northern Samaria and ending in the Bat Hefer area. The barrier will replace the security fence that was built about 20 years ago.
In other defense news, PM Naftali Bennett visited IDF Gaza Division headquarters on Wednesday, where he held a security assessment with the commander of IDF Southern Command and the Gaza Division commander. They discussed the main points of the strategic concept vis-à-vis the Palestinians, especially in Gaza; a survey of the operational situation was presented.
“We are in a period of political instability but the security stability must be preserved. I do not suggest that anyone on the other side try and challenge this," said Bennett in a statement concluding the visit.