After Terror Attacks, Israel to Complete Separation Barrier Construction Around Jerusalem, Southern West Bank

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Palestinian youth crossing the separation fence between west bank city Qalqilya and Israel in 2003.Credit: Nir Kafri

Israel will complete construction of the separation barrier in the Jerusalem area and the southern West Bank following Tuesday's terror attacks, the Prime Minister's Office announced.

During security consultations held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister's Office said it was immediately decided to close gaps in the separation barrier in the Jerusalem area, and to complete construction of the barrier in the Tarkumiya area in the South Hebron Hills.

Gaps in the separation barrier are used by Palestinians to enter Israel illegally without the proper permits. The assailant behind the Jaffa attack entered Israel illegally, from a West Bank village near Qalqilya. In recent months, opposition chair MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) called on Netanyahu to close the gaps and complete construction of the barrier.

According to the Prime Minister's burearu, Netanyahu, along with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich and several Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service officials decided to promote expedited legislation aimed at punishing those who transport and house illegals.

It was also decided to close Palestinian media outlets accuses of incitement. Professionals in the defense establishment will decide which Palestinian media will be closed. Further, it was decided to deny work permits for family members of terrorists.