During the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime last year, he ordered soldiers to the Sinai Peninsula to guard against Islamic terrorists using the internal crisis to smuggle men, money and weapons into the Gaza Strip. Sadly, the military government that succeeded Mubarak did not keep up with security and Israel was attacked in August, 2011, in a cross-border raid.
With more than one year passed from Egypt's revolution, which sees the state slipping further into the hands of islamists, Israel has had enough with the unsecured Sinai border and they are currently in the process of constructing a 140 mile long iron barrier stretching from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
The barrier is six-teen feet high and gleaming in the middle of the old desert, which is almost entirely unpopulated, except for a few Egyptian soldiers at border crossings and random guard crossings. It is hoped that the barrier will both add an additional layer of security from the lawlessness of Sinai, and prevent thousands of African refugees from continuing to flood Israel on a yearly basis.
I applaud the Israeli government for taking the necessary steps to secure their borders with an uneasy neighbor who seems unwilling, or unable to guard its own lawless lands and prevent terrorism against innocents. Perhaps the United States should take notice and consider Israel's example when dealing with our own hostile southern border.
What say you?