"There has not been an engineering feat this large since the days of Herod," said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on tour of border fence in Egypt.
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Netanyahu, who shepherded through the massive, 135 billion shekel project, said that the model will now be duplicated on the Golan Heights border with Syria, and later on the countries eastern frontier.
Work on the five-meter high area began in November 2010, and Netanyahu -- who is tallying the project as a major achievement in his tenure has taken helicopter visits to various points along the border to gauge the pace of work being done ever since then. On Wednesday, deputy Chief of General Staff Yair Naveh told him "mission accomplished." Nevertheless, another 13 kilometers around Eilat still needs to be built, and when it is completed the long stretch of border from Kerem Hashalom to Taba will be sealed.