Israel Begins Huge Gaza Barrier Project

Barrier Will Include Surface and Underground Walls

In what stands to be a massive project, Israel’s Southern Command has begun the construction of a “huge barrier around the Gaza Strip,” which is going to include multiple fences and walls on the surface, as well as underground barriers to try to prevent tunnels being dug.

The surface-level fences and walls are said to mirror what Israel built on the Egypt border, but the underground effort is something new, and exactly how much it’s going to cost is unclear. Despite not having the money appropriated, the project has begun.

Estimates have put the cost at around $800 million, with some even higher. The existing border fence appears to have been working fine, beyond the occasional report of a tunnel from Gaza into Israeli territory. Those tunnels, however, have been huge news in Israel, and parlayed by the military for more funding in the area around Gaza.

Israel strictly limits traffic into and out of the Gaza Strip, and also imposes a naval blockade on its coast, preventing ships from delivering aid. The Gaza airport was destroyed by Israel in 2001, and Israel’s ally, the Egyptian military junta, has built its own steel fence sealing off the Strip.

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  • TellTheTruth-2

    It looks like Trump can get expert help from Israel to build his Mexico wall.

    • Tom Aman

      The wall that will never be built?

      • TellTheTruth-2

        Are you saying Netanyahu won’t build his wall?

        • Tom Aman

          No, he will, but no wall will be built on the USA border

  • Tom Aman

    And the US taxpayer will pay for it

    • Bastiat

      Yes nothing will change. Israel has a stranglehold on the Congress.

      • Gary Jones

        There’s nothing that the US can do to solve the problem.
        The Arabs are expansionist. The Arab League has over 5 million square miles of land while Israel has about 8,000. The Arabs have 99.9 % of the land & Israel has 0.1% of the land. The Arabs are not satisfied with 99.9% of the land. They have been attacking Israel from the day she was reborn because the Arabs want 100% of the land.

        • Bastiat

          The U.S. should not be giving anymore welfare to Israel.

          • Gary Jones

            Aren’t we supposed to help the less fortunate?

          • Bastiat

            Why haven’t you sent a personal check to Israel yet?

  • spratpoint

    And the US taxpayer deserves to pay for it considering their undivided support for the subjugation of the Palestinians and the ethnic cleansing of them that Israel has undertaken since 1947.

  • Hank

    The Israelis would save lots of time, money and effort by just trying to be fair to Palestinians and treat them like human beings! When you treat people like caged animals those people will naturally revolt against such treatment! Isarel has no one to blame but itself.

    • Eric K.

      Sorry Hank, you’re either ignorant or an anti-semite. Human beings don’t teach their children to blow up innocent people in coffee shops. Palestinians were given complete autonomy over Gaza. Instead of using metal and concrete to build schools and civil infrustructure, Palestinians built attack tunnels and bombs. If you want to be treated like a human being, start acting like one. How many Israeli have been caught tunneling into Gaza? Answer: 0

      Brainwashing your children has serious consequences.

      • MvGuy

        All the walls and the hawkish calls can not hide land theft apartheid supremest state… The only I incent people are the ones who voted against what is now a borderless rogue nuclear apartheid crime spree..

        • Gary Jones

          Apartheid? Where are the separate water fountains & bathrooms?
          Why are there Arabs in the Israeli parliament & on the Israeli Supreme Court?

          • If it’s not apartheid, why are there Jews-only roads why are there Jews-only buses, and why are the West Bank and Gaza treated as Bantustans where Arabs are segregated whenever their work permits don’t permit them in Jewish territory?

          • Gary Jones

            There are no Jew-only roads. There are Israeli-only roads & that’s because Palestinians were attacking drivers on unsegregated roads.

            Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza are at war with Israel. Israelis need to separate themselves from Palestinians so that Palestinians don’t murder them. Should Nazis have been allowed to roam around London when the UK & Germany were at war?
            Of course not!

        • Eric K.

          Why would Palestinian’s put a menorah on their coins? This coin was found in Israel and dated 5th century BCE. Nothing rogue about it. It’s not called JEW-USALEM by accident.

          Supressing education is very dangerous.

      • Tom Aman

        Israel won’t let building supplies in, so how can they build schools and infrastructure? Besides, Israeli kids do this:
        https://www.quora.com/In-Israel-what-does-Purim-and-9-11-have-in-common

        • Gary Jones

          When Israel let building supplies into Gaza, Palestinians used them to build attack tunnels instead of using them to build homes.

        • Eric K.

          Tom, they let in supplies and Hamas built missles and attack tunnels. Would you give your neighbor ingredients to make a bomb if they were going to use them against your family? Duhhhh

      • Dennis Boylon

        The Hasbara trolls are out in force I see.

        • Eric K.

          You should go visit Syria, where they would cut your head off, shove it up your ass and throw you off a building. Where is your condemnation of Assad? Killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.

          Read this week that a top Hamas commander defected to Israel with his family. I guess he finally came to his senses.

        • So are the people using Antiwar.com’s comments area as a link farm instead of as a place for substantive content.

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  • Anti_Govt_Rebel

    No need to worry about funding. The US taxpayer has “got your back”.

    • Gary Jones

      Israel is a democracy.
      If Palestinians would stop murdering Israelis, then Israelis would not have to defend themselves.
      It’s the Arabs who are expansionist. The Arab League has over 5 million square miles of land while Israel has about 8,000. The Arabs have 99.9 % of the land & Israel has 0.1% of the land. The Arabs are not satisfied with 99.9% of the land. They have been attacking Israel from the day she was reborn because the Arabs want 100% of the land.