Netanyahu tours security barrier along southern Hebron Hills


( Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday toured the southern Hebron Hills region where a project is under way to close gaps in the security fence in the Turkamiya-Meitar area.

"We decided that we would close the gaps. We will prevent illegals and terrorists from reaching Israel's cities. This is complicated. We also need to defend the communities. And, of course, we need to deal with the entire chain of offenders, including those who employ, house and assist them," Netanyahu said in a statement.

The Israeli leader was joined on the visit to the region by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Avi Dichter and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Netanyahu said he was "impressed" with the work he saw in the area that reaches from the Palestinian village of Turkamiya to the Israeli town of Meitar

"We will soon see it firsthand and I think that it will be clear to you that this project will be completed. It is important for the security of the citizens and State of Israel."

The Israeli security barrier near Meitar. Credit: Eman via Wikimedia Commons.

Posted on July 20, 2016 .