Israel Builds Land Barrier in Mediterranean to Protect Israelis

  • Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

    Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

  • Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

    Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

  • Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

    Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

  • Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

    Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

  • Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

    Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

Construction of sea barrier at Zikim beach on August 5, 2018. (Defense Ministry)

Article by TOI staff 5 August 2018, 6:27 pm for timesofisrael.com

Defense Minister Liberman says swift progress being made on under- and above-water defense against terror from Hamas-run Strip.

The Defense Ministry on Sunday revealed images of a new sea barrier being constructed to protect the country from attacks from the Gaza Strip, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman saying work was progressing at an “impressively fast” pace.

“Israel’s counter-terrorism capabilities around Gaza are increasing every day,” Liberman said.

“The work to erect the land and sea barrier around the Gaza Strip is progressing at a fast and impressive rate,” Liberman said. “Our ability prevent attacks near the Strip gets better all the time.”

When completed it will be 200 meters (650 feet) long, 50 meters (160 feet) wide and six meters (20 feet) above the water. There will also be defensive infrastructure along the top of the barrier.

The barrier described by the ministry as an “impregnable breakwater,” constructed in the area of Zikim beach adjacent to the coastal enclave, is designed to withstand being battered by waves and to last for many years, the ministry said when it began construction at the end of May.

Brigadier General Eran Ofir, the head of the Borders Administration, which is constructing the barrier, said the wall would be completed by the end of the year, adding that it would be made of three levels — “an underwater level, then a level of armor stone, and a third layer of barbed wire.”

The entire barrier itself is protected with another wire security fence.

When construction began on the barrier, Liberman described it as “the only one of its kind in the world.”

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Video published on Aug 5, 2018 by the IL News YouTube channel – Israel releases first pictures of sea barrier to defend against Gaza attacks. The Defense Ministry on Sunday revealed images of a new sea barrier being constructed to protect the country from attacks from the Gaza Strip, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman saying work was progressing at an “impressively fast” pace. “Israel’s counter-terrorism capabilities around Gaza are increasing every day,” Liberman said. “The work to erect the land and sea barrier around the Gaza Strip is progressing at a fast and impressive rate,” Liberman said.

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