Netanyahu: Barrier in South Hebron Hills Important for Israel’s Security

A Palestinian boy throws stones towards an Israeli army watchtower during clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 16, 2009. Israel slammed the adoption of an 'unjust' UN report on the Gaza war on October 16, warning …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspected the construction work being done on a new security barrier in the South Hebron Hills area on Wednesday, saying completing it was important for the country’s security.

“We said that we will close the breaches,” he said. “We will prevent illegal residents and attackers from reaching Israel’s cities.”

Netanyahu said that protecting the cities was complicated, and included – in addition to building the new security barrier – dealing as well with employers hiring Palestinians without the proper permits; those who help them get into Israel; and those who give them accommodations.

The project that Netanyahu toured is a new 42-km. barrier from Meitar, near Beersheba, to Tarkumiya, west of Hebron.

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