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Terror attacks bring work on separation fence back to Israeli agenda

With so few Palestinians offered working permits in Israel, the government prefers looking the other way on those who slip through the separation fence and enter clandestinely into the country.
West Bank fence

The wave of terrorist attacks in Israel over the past two weeks has brought the failures of the West Bank separation fence back into public debate. The Palestinian assailant who killed five people March 29 in Bnei Brak drove into Israel through an unmonitored agricultural gate in the fence, bringing with him an automatic weapon which he used in his attack. 

The construction of the separation fence began in the summer of 2002, when the Sharon government authorized a barrier between the West Bank and Israeli territory at the height of the Second Intifada. In a few months, tens of kilometers of the barrier were built. The wall was supposed to extend close to 700 kilometers, but construction was never completed.

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