Israel plans to build wall along Lebanese border

Israel plans to build wall along Lebanese border

Tel Aviv : Israel | Apr 27, 2012 at 1:17 AM PDT
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel has begun preparations for the construction of a 10-meter-high wall between the Lebanon- Israel cease-fire line.

Israel claims that the wall aims at preventing armed clashes between Israeli soldiers and Lebanese soldiers, whose posts are generally merely meters apart.

An official in Israel's northern command told Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the 10-meter high and 2-kilometer long wall will be equipped with alarms and separate Israeli kibbutz al-Matala and Lebanese village Kafr Kala which lie near to each other.

"The wall will be the first of its kind on that border, and will raise the level of security in the area, as well as the confidence of Metulla's residents ... the Lebanese side will most likely raise objections to the wall, but the current reality necessitates its construction," he said.

Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel had officially informed the Lebanese government of its intentions, and that the construction will be conducted through UNIFIL peacekeepers.

Lebanese authorities nor military didn’t give any comment on the news.

Israel's army has requested the UN peacekeeping force stationed in the cease-fire zone coordinate with Lebanon in order to prevent clashes.

It is worth mentioning that Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of war, both parties military officials meet regularly in the presence of UNIFIL peacekeepers to solve problems on the Lebanon- Israel border.

The border between Israel and Lebanon is disputed by the two sides and the UN-drawn "Blue Line" covers just part of the stretch, established in 2000 to determine whether Israel had withdrawn from Lebanon after its 1982 invasion.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel plans to build a barrier along its eastern border with Jordan, similar to one currently under construction along its border with Egypt.

"When the security barrier along the Egyptian border is finished, one will be built along the border with Jordan," Netanyahu said.


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Israel plans to build wall along Lebanese border
Israeli soldiers patrol the Lebanon-Israel border as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Wazzani. Reuters
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