Israeli Cabinet approves plan to build fence along part of border with Jordan

Israel's Cabinet has approved funding for a fence to be built along part of the country's eastern border with Jordan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the future fence will run for 30 kilometers from Israel's southern tip toward the site of a new airport that is under construction. He says the entire route of the fence will be on Israeli territory and will not infringe upon Jordanian sovereignty. The plan was coordinated with Jordanian authorities.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace deal in 1994 and have maintained cordial relations since.

In recent years Israel has constructed fortified fences with Egypt to stem the flow of African migrants and in the Golan Heights to prevent infiltrations from Syria.