The border fence between Israel and Egypt along Highway 12.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon informed the Knesset on Wednesday evening that the security establishment intends to construct a security fence, separating the West Bank city of Hebron and the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat.
Ya'alon's remarks came in response to a motion filed by Likud MK Mickey Zohar in light of multiple Palestinian assistants having reached the Lakhish Regional Council and carried out terror attacks in recent months.
"We are aware of the issue of the fence, and now with the budgetary approval for the massive fence we plan to build one similar to the border fence with Egypt - it will take some time but it will happen," the defense minister vowed.
On Friday, a terrorist stabbed and wounded four Israelis — including a 13-year-old girl — in Kiryat Gat.
In addition to the girl, stabbing victims included two women aged 56 and 44 and a 51-year-old man.
All victims were moderately hurt with stab wounds in the upper body. Security forces found the assailant late Saturday night, nearly five hours after the attack, hiding in a storage unit of a private home not far from the scene of the crime.
The attacker, named by the Shin Bet as Muhammed Tarda, an 18-year-old resident of Yatir in the West Bank, had no history of security crimes, according to the security agency.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.