Security Cabinet Approves Completion Of Barrier Around Jerusalem

A Muslim man walks by the 'separation barrier' or 'security fence' in East Jerusalem on November 27, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon completion, the total length of the controversial wall will be approximately 700 kilometers (430æmi) and include on the western side approximately 9.4% of the West Bank and 23,000 …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: The security cabinet late Thursday night approved the immediate renewal of construction work on the security barrier around the area of Jerusalem, in an effort to halt Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis.

It was one of a series of measures the cabinet took just hours after US Vice President Joe Biden flew out of Ben-Gurion Airport for Jordan.

The security barrier has been largely frozen since 2007. Only some 470 km. of its 790-km. route has been erected. It has yet to be built around the Gush Etzion, Ariel and Ma’aleh Adumim settlement blocs.

There are also gaps in the barrier around Jerusalem that need to be completed.

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