For two days hostilities ceased along a half kilometer stretch of the
Gaza fence as Israelis and Palestinians jointly toiled to provide the
strip with its first high speed internet service.
It will take
another two weeks for the service to be up and running, said Maj. Adam
Avidan who heads the foreign relations department for the Israeli
Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip.
“It will allow Gazans to connect to the world, and hopefully to peace,” he said.
laying 15 new lines of optical cables onto an already existing 40
kilometer stretch, is not an easy task in an area that faces an almost
daily barrage of mortars and kassam rockets from Gaza, he said.
10 hours on Wednesday and again on Thursday, workers wearing
bullet-proof vests and helmets drilled and dug into the ground to lay
the infrastructure the optic fibers.