Terror tunnels left open?
'Netanyahu has abandoned Gaza Belt residents'

18 months after Protective Edge and still no barrier to Hamas terror tunnels, MK Yellin complains, urging PM to 'prevent next victim.'

Hezki Baruch ,

Gaza terror tunnel (file)
Gaza terror tunnel (file)
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Despite promises from Israel's prime minister and defense minister, the defense budget for 2016 shows no funds allocated for the construction of a new barrier along the entire Gaza border. 

Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) had vowed in the wake of 2014's Operation Protective Edge to erect a new barrier to protect citizens from Hamas terror tunnels, after their lethal use in the war.

In response to the noted absence of funds, MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid) sent an urgent letter to Netanyahu on Monday demanding construction of the barrier be immediately figured into the defense budget. 

"The prime minister and defense minister have promised residents of the Gaza Belt since 2014 a barrier running the length of the border with the Gaza Strip," Yellin blasted. "A barrier that was designed to save lives, prevent kidnappings, obstruct tunnels, maintain security and strengthen the resilience of residents." 

"After the Protective Edge war, the Prime Minister convened the mayors of the Gaza Belt and promised not to allow Hamas to grow stronger and that within a few days we'd see bulldozers on the ground to begin building the barrier."

"A year and a half has passed, and terrorists can easily cross under and above ground," the former Eshkol Regional Council head opined. 

In his letter, Yellin called on the Prime Minister to follow through on his promises, asserting the lives of residents of the Gaza Belt are his "responsibility." 

"Enough with talking and promises," he charged. "The time has come for action on the ground. I know in Israel a man doesn't receive commendation for preventing a disaster, but I demand you work to build the barrier. You have the power to prevent the next victim."