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Netanyahu's comments came at the weekly cabinet meeting where he announced that the completion of the 230-kilometer fence along the Egyptian border erected in just over two years has completely stemmed the tide of illegal migration into Israel from Sinai.
Netanyahu said he issued a directive not to disband the Defense Ministry staff responsible for the construction of the fence, and to continue building security barriers on all of Israel's other borders, "first and foremost on our border with Syria."
Netanyahu said Israel intended to build a border fence along the frontier with Syria on the Golan Heights. "We know that today on the other side of the border with Syria the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place Global Jihad elements have moved in."
The prime minister said Israel needed to defend the north both from illegal infiltration and from terrorist elements.
Netanyahu also said that the Syrian regime was "very unstable," and that Syria's chemical weapons were concerning Israel. He said Israel was coordinating its intelligence and assessments with the US "and others," with the objective being to "prepare for any eventuality and possibility that could develop there."