Israel's New Gaza Border Barrier Proves That It Prefers Walls to War

Would-be attackers in Gaza will probably seek and find more detours around the $1.1 billion wall, but a more urgent question remains: How will Israel deal with an escalation on more than one front?

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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In the distant past, when then-U.S. President Donald Trump still fantasized about building an impenetrable barrier along the border with Mexico, American officers were sent on a study mission to Israel. The Pentagon wanted to avail itself of Israel’s experience in building the fence on the border with the Gaza Strip, in case they had to implement the president’s ambitious project. Trump was evicted from the White House and the dream of a wall like the world has never seen was set aside. But Tuesday, on the border of the Gaza Strip, Israel completed its project.

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