Israel approved building a wall on its northern border with Jordan Tuesday in an attempt to keep out Islamic State and other jihadis.
Israeli Defense Ministry officials drew up and approved the plan in order to prevent potential attacks from car bombs and shootings. The $7 million wall will cover around three miles of territory along the southern Golan Heights, near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders meet. It will reportedly include a surveillance system that can detect infiltrators.
It’s the second wall to be built along the Jordanian border, and the third wall project to be approved in the last three years. Another wall project was completed in 2013 and covers about 56 miles of territory in the Golan Heights. A second project, approved in 2015, is located along the southern border with Jordan in the Arava desert.
Israel has yet to have any significant problem with ISIS on its northern border, though its southern border with Gaza and Egypt’s Sinai desert region has seen a significant threat. Israeli military officials confirmed in February the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas was actively treating wounded ISIS fighters by shuttling them into the Gaza Strip.
Egypt opened up its airspace to Israeli drone strikes in an effort to stem the rise of ISIS in Sinai, and has apparently been cooperating with its former enemy for quite some time. Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s military forces have been fighting ISIS in the Sinai.
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