Skip to comments.Israel to build anti-terrorist moat: Canal along Gaza-Egypt border to stem flow of arms
Posted on 06/18/2004 1:48:58 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
Friday, June 18, 2004
By Aaron Klein
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Israel announced yesterday a plan to dig a moat along the Gaza-Egypt border, inviting contractor bids for the project designed to prevent Palestinian terrorists from continuing to smuggle arms through tunnels.
The Defense Ministry published a notice in the Hebrew daily Haaretz inviting bids by July 12 to build a canal along a 2.5 mile periphery of the Rafah refugee camp. The ministry will allow contractors to tour the project site and said one-year contracts would be issued, renewable for an additional 12 months.
It was not clear whether the moat would be filled with water, as military sources had suggested last month, or would be dry.
The Israeli military debated the multimillion-dollar plan last month as a way to reduce weapons smuggling into southern Gaza after 13 soldiers were killed in three ambushes. The moat will be dug deep enough so terrorists wouldn't be able to bypass it if they try to build more underground smuggling tunnels.
Other plans to effectively stop Palestinians from building the tunnels were discussed, including the possibility of expanding the Philidelphi Route, the IDF patrol zone on the Israeli side of the Egyptian border, but this was rejected because of the large number of Palestinian homes that would need to be demolished.
The army has said it found and destroyed more than 80 tunnel in the past three years, and Israel has voiced fears the Palestinians could seek to bring in longer-range mortars and Katyusha rockets that could be fired from open spaces at communities deeper inside Israel.
The moat concept comes 11 days after Israel's security cabinet approved Sharon's plan to withdraw troops and settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, and separate from the Palestinians.
We need one of these along the US-Mexican border!
Hopefully, they will stock it with crocodiles....
yes...and piranha..and dynoflagellates..and malaria carrying mesquitos..and dioxin waste...black gulpers...enough so that nobody would make it across in one piece.
I guess the Israelis have been reading FRee Republic.
For years I've been promoting my proposal here for a Gaza ditch!
Just down the road from the Suez ditch, too.
I'm surprized it took them so long!
And, they should have a barges that float along the moat and randomly drill 5 to 12" holes 400 to 500' deep. Drown any rats that trying to tunnel beneath it.
Electrodes in the water near the opposite shore....
Shortwave? No permanent! [a la 3 stooges]
Underground Nuke Testing?
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That one sounds good, too.
The Rachel Corrie memorial canal?
The trench will be 80 feet deep.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Don't necessarily need water, dry moats were very effective defenses. A deep dry moat would be a great accompaniment to our border fence.
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