Israel Begins Building Multi-million Shekel Wall in Northern West Bank

The wall will replace the fence that was built on the site about 20 years ago, and will 'hermetically prevent entrance into Israel'

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Work begins near the village of Salem, West Bank on Wednesday. The construction of the wall was approved after the last wave of attacks.
Work begins near the village of Salem, West Bank on Wednesday. The construction of the wall was approved after the last wave of attacks.Credit: Ministry of Defense Spokesperson and Information Division
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel's Defense Ministry and military began the construction of a 360 million shekel ($104 million) on the seam zone in the northern West Bank on Wednesday.

The 45-kilometer-long and nine-meter-high wall was approved in April in the wake of the wave of terror attacks in Israel. It will be buttressed by technological installations, and will replace the fence built at the site some 20 years ago.

The route of the wall will protrude deep into the West Bank, reaching Kfar Salem, and continue until the central Israel community of Bat Hefer.

According to the head of the border and seam zone administration, Brig. Gen. Eran Ofir, "The work we started this morning will continue for about a year," and will "hermetically prevent entry into Israel."

While public-facing statements from senior security and political leaders proclaim that the breaches must be sealed, defense officials believe it would be a mistake to prevent the entry of some 50,000 workers into Israel. As a result of the Bnei Brak attack in April, workers without a permit were barred from Israel on the eve of Ramadan.

The well-known breaches along the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank, and the ease with which Palestinians can enter Israel without permits, have become a recurring subject of debate and rancor.

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