Just one month after the U.N. and EU launched a furious campaign against Israel’s security fence, culminating in the International Court of Justice ruling that the fence is illegal, the EU announced it’s planning to build a separation fence of its own, and invited Israel to participate in the construction.
The fence is being built to separate recently added EU members Poland and Hungary from their new neighbors – Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The EU said the fence is necessary to “prevent the free movement of migrants seeking to enter” EU territory.
Israeli companies that specialize in the construction of fences and security systems will participate in tenders to build hundreds of miles of fences along the EU’s new eastern border.
“It’s incredible the EU has no problem building a fence just to keep illegal immigrants out, but when the Jewish State builds a security fence as a last resort for the purpose of keeping terrorists out and saving Israeli lives, we are blasted by them and the U.N.,” a spokesman for Ariel Sharon told WorldNetDaily. “Makes you think, doesn’t it?”
Israel’s publicly traded Magal Security Systems, which participated in the construction of the West Bank security fence, is expected to sign a cooperation agreement for building the new EU fence and its attendant command-and-control systems.
The ultimate contract is estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars. Each kilometer of Israel’s fence cost $1 million to build. Bases, sophisticated transit points, and observation and command-and-control systems cost $2 million per kilometer.
In July, the U.N.’s high court ruled Israel’s security fence, which is credited with keeping suicide bombers out, violates international law and must be dismantled.
The court, which Israel maintains has no jurisdiction over Israeli matters, ruled “[it] is not convinced that the specific course Israel has chosen for the wall was necessary to attain its security objectives.”
A week later, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution demanding that Israel comply with the world court decision and tear down the security fence. Most European countries voted against Israel.
“European hypocrisy is as rank as it is blatant,” Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, told WorldNetDaily. “And the EU wall is not even for security reasons, just economic ones.”