The 135-mile border cuts through desolate landscape at the edge of the Sinai Desert.
action=fullnews&id=130272 the border must be made impenetrable. We must make sure that we have the means to prevent terror attacks like the one that took place in Eilat, he said.
More attention has been given in recent years to the Gaza-Egypt border, the northern extension of the border with Israel. Digging dozens of tunnels over the past decade, Palestinians have smuggled in large quantities of weapons and ammunition. Israeli and Egyptian forces have been unable to stop the smuggling, though that segment of the border is only about 15 kilometers long, while the Israel-Egypt frontier is many times that length - underlining the scope of the task to close it off to smugglers.
The magazine did not say when the fence construction would begin, how long it would take or how much it would cost. Previous plans to fortify the long desert border, with price tags in the hundreds of millions of dollars, were never implemented.