Herzog: Netanyahu Must Finish Security Barrier Around West Bank Settlement of Ariel

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The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must complete the security barrier around the settlement blocs, including the West Bank city of Ariel, opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Tuesday.

“The residents of Ariel deserve the same protection as the residents of Tel Aviv,” said the Zionist Union leader during a visit to the southern Samarian city.

Placing the barrier “around Ariel is not a luxury. It is a security necessity that the state owes its citizens. It is unacceptable for the barrier around the settlements blocs to be only partially constructed,” Herzog said.

Ariel is the fourth largest settlement and is home to 18,400 people, as well as the University of Ariel. It is located some 16 kilometers over the pre-1967 lines.

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