View of the Israeli security barrier that runs along the southern border with Egypt near the Red Sea resort of Eilat. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli government on Monday announced plans to build a 30 kilometer wall along its border with Jordan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement during a Knesset meeting on security and foreign affairs convened to discuss the recent flotilla which attempted to reach the shores of the Gaza Strip.
He claimed the wall was a continuation of the one built along the Egyptian border, which "blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and the various terrorist movements".
The wall will run from Eilat in the south to the site of the planned Timna airport north of the city, and has reportedly been accepted by the government's security cabinet.
Netanyahu's office said that Israel was in contact with Jordan over the fence, which will be built solely on Israeli soil.
Israel began constructing its separation wall in the occupied West Bank in 2002.
The wall's total projected length will be 708 kilometers, according the to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly twice the length of the 1949 Green Line.AFP contributed to this report.