Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fences Make Friends Between Egypt and Israel

Nadene Goldfoot                                                            

The Great Wall of China was a method of protecting its citizens.  It was started in the 7th century BCE and was improved upon between 200 to 206 BCE.  It covered 5,500 miles.

The United States has a border fence along the Mexican border that is 1,951 miles long.  It is to stop illegal immigration and the drug traffic.  President Obama stopped the building of it on March 16, 2010 and decided the money for that would be used instead of upgrading the current border technology.

Israel just finished a new 140 mile long security fence along the southern border with Egypt.  It took them 3 and 1/2 years to build.  Dangerous militant groups in the Sinai region caused them to try to hurry the project.  They needed to stop illegal immigration and prevent security breaches into Israel.

In August an al-Qaeda linked militant group shot a grad style Katusha rocket from Sinai to Eilat which was stopped by the Iron Dome defense system.

Egypt and Israel are working together in trying to bring an end to terrorism.  They have found that the fence has already stopped illegal migration into Israel.  Counter terrorism is also being achieved.  Only 34 people entered illegally from the Sinai in 2013 compared to 10,000 in 2012, both during the first six month periods.

Egypt took control in July and they reinforced its commitment to stop extremists in the Sinai then.  They have destroyed about 350 tunnels used for smuggling and sealed off entry for Hamas and its terrorist groups. In return, Israel is allowing Egyptian tanks and combat helicopters in the area.

It's to both their interests to stop militant Islamists.

Resource:  http://www.aipac.org/news-hub?id=%7B509DE54F-736F-4C37-A03C-DBAE916BC311%7D#

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