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Nov 20, 2010

The Gathering Storm

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Egyptian view point:-

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that his country would begin construction of a fence along Egypt's border with Israel within two weeks.

Israeli Radio quoted Netanyahu as saying that the purpose of erecting the fence was to prevent infiltrators from crossing from Sinai into Israel and to preserve the security of Israel.

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli intelligence official warned that Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in 2007 after sweeping Palestinian legislative elections one year earlier, possesses rockets that can travel 80 kilometers--a longer range than previously reported--which would put Tel Aviv within range of its launchers.

The same official said that Egypt was not doing enough to prevent smuggling activities via underground tunnels. An Egyptian security source, however, denied the accusations, saying that Egypt was in full control of its borders and did not allow smuggling into Gaza.Mohamed Bassiouni, Egypt's former ambassador to Israel, dismissed Israel's accusations as lies.

Meanwhile, a top security official said on Monday that Egypt had cracked down on tunnels in Gaza and intercepted explosives destined for the enclave, AFP reported The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said security forces had closed down dozens of tunnels this year and found nothing to suggest they were being used to smuggle weapons.

He also said that security services had captured large quantities of explosives extracted from ordnance left over from Egypt's past wars with Israel. "We set up dozens of checkpoints inside Rafah and along the roads leading to it to prevent smuggling operations," he said. "The weapons that reach Gaza come via the sea, which is controlled by the Israeli navy."

Israeli view point:-

Netanyahu: Illegal African immigrants - a threat to Israel's Jewish character

Prime Minister urges construction of fence along border with Egypt to prevent infiltrators from entering Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the recent "flood of illegal workers infiltrating from Africa" into Israel was "a concrete threat to the Jewish and democratic character of the country."

Speaking at a meeting aimed at formulating Israel's immigration policy, Netanyahu said that most Western nations have already taken action to prevent similar dangers.

"It is inconceivable that Israel, the one country that faces more threats than any other in the Western world, has no defined immigration policy to protect our national and security interests.

The issue has been ignored for many years, and my aim is to bring it to an orderly and responsible legislation by the end of this year, during the winter seating of the Knesset.

"Six months ago, Netanyahu visited the area near the border between Israel and Egypt in order to examine the possibility of an Israeli fence along the border to prevent infiltrations. Netanyahu said this trip highlighted the need for such a fence.

"The situation, from the point of view of terrorism and infiltrations, is more severe than I thought," he said.

"We must man the region, and then it will be possible to minimize the terrorist infiltrations, as well as the smuggling of drugs and illegal workers," the prime minister went on to say.

"If we don't move forward with construction of the fence, the problem will only get worse.""Infiltrations [into Israel] have become an entire industry," Netanyahu added.

"The Egyptians are doing what they're doing, but we can't rely only on them. Egypt doesn't oppose the construction of the fence and everything is settled under the framework of the peace treaty [between Israel and Egypt].

A country's borders can't be penetrable - it is a national threat," Netanyahu concluded.

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