The Ministry of Defense continues construction of the eastern fence along the Israel-Jordan border between Eilat and the sands of Samar (north of Timna).
The project is led by Brig. Gen. Eran Ofir, Head of the Ministry of Defense Border and Security Fence Administration, together with the Ministry’s Engineering and Construction department. Construction of the fence will cost roughly $85 million, which includes the construction of the Ilan Ramon airport near Timna.
To date, some 18.5 miles of the barrier have been deployed. The new fence is being modeled after the security barriers along Israel’s borders with Egypt and the Golan Heights, with adjustments for the specific terrain of the Arava desert. This undertaking includes the development of roads systems, observation towers, operations centers and other advanced technological measures.
The barrier is a unique solution developed for the protection of the Ilan and Asaf Ramon airport constituting a 98 Ft. tall fence. Placed on dozens of tall pillars, the fence was designed to protect aircraft against a range threats during takeoffs or landings at the airport. A 2.8 mile fence and defensive technological devices are also included in the new development.
Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman said in a statement: “We are constantly working to strengthen the security components on all borders, in the face of existing and future challenges. The unique fence that we are currently constructing in the Arava, in order to protect the new airport, is further proof of the creativity and ability of the defense establishment, and this is the foundation of the IDF’s strength.”
The project’s multiple components are shared by dozens of contractors from the Engineering and Construction Division and the Border and Security Fence Administration. The construction of the fence required, among other things, the evacuation of 8 sq. miles of old minefields, which will be completed in the coming months.
The project was planned in coordination with environmental protection officials in order to minimize damage to the surrounding environment. Among other things, hydrological solutions have been developed to enable the establishment of the Nahal Ha’Arvah route, resilient waterway barriers, ecological passages for animals, as well as corrosion prevention solutions.