Netanyahu to complete separation barrier in Jerusalem amid heightened violence

Published March 9th, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Israeli emergency personnel and security forces gather at the scene of an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City's New Gate on March 9, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Israeli emergency personnel and security forces gather at the scene of an attack outside Jerusalem's Old City's New Gate on March 9, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to complete the security barrier in the area of Jerusalem in the aftermath of the three deadly attacks Tuesday, in which an American graduate student was killed and 15 people were injured.

The attacks occurred around the time that US Vice President Joe Biden landed in Israel for a two-day visit.

Late Tuesday night, Netanyahu held security consultations with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordecai and representatives from the IDF.

During the meeting, Netanyahu took a number of security decisions in addition to the already existing ones such as the closure of Palestinian villages where suspected attackers live or from where they left to execute their attacks.

Media outlets that "promote incitement" will be closed. Legislation to punish those who help Palestinians illegally enter or live in areas of Israel within the Green Line will be fast tracked.

Work and trade permits for Palestinians will also be denied.

As for the security barrier, Netanyahu spoke of building a fence around the Tarkymiya checkpoint in Hebron, but did not provide further details about completing the barrier in Jerusalem. 

Netanyahu has already pledged to complete the security barrier in response to calls to do so from opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union).

In October 2014, the Defense Ministry told the Post that 460 km. of the barrier had been completed out of a 525 km. route that did not include the blocs of Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Gush Etzion.

At that time it explained that the route of the barrier around Jerusalem itself was 145 kilometers, of which 21 kilometers had not been completed. It estimated that they would be finished by the end of the year, but so far only 10 kilometers of the proposed barrier route has been completed.

By Tovah Lazaroff

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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