Barak: Barrier on Israeli-Egyptian border necessary

March 14, 2010 15:58

Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed support on Sunday for a plan to build a fence that would filter out migrant workers on the Israeli-Egyptian border.

Barak said Israel’s defense against infiltration by illegal foreign workers would be carried out on a number of levels, the first being cooperation with Egypt and the swift expulsion of the workers to the Sinai desert.

The defense minister added that it was necessary to erect a technologically advanced barrier that would be backed up by security forces, and that sanctions must be imposed on those who hire illegal workers.

He further assessed that the defense establishment would only be able to debate the erection of such a barrier as it debates the security budget for the year 2011.

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