Following suicide bombing in Eilat, Israel considers building fence along Egyptian border

Following suicide bombing in Eilat, Israel considers building fence along Egyptian border

Good fencing does not necessarily make good neighbors. Too bad Israel will never learn that lesson.

Israel is considering building a fence along the Egyptian border following this week’s suicide bombing in Eilat.

Israeli officials said Wednesday that long-shelved plans to build a fence along the 100-mile desert frontier were being re-examined.

The terrorist who killed three Israelis in the Red Sea resort city is believed to have come from the Gaza Strip via the Egyptian Sinai. Cost estimates for an Egyptian border fence range from $120 million to $350 million, which could put a strain on Israel’s $12 billion defense budget. But some experts have speculated that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could use other government funds for the project if it is approved.

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