Israel-Jordan Border
Israel-Jordan BorderFlash 90

The building of a border fence intended to bar those attempting to infiltrate into Israel from the east will commence on Sunday between Israel and Jordan. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will officially announce the beginning of the project later today. 

The fence on Israel's eastern border is being designed with the aim of having a similar effect in preventing the entrance of infiltrators as the fence on Israel's southern border with the Sinai Peninsula. 

Thanks to the southern fence, the influx of infiltrators into the Jewish state was halted and the smuggling of goods and human beings into the country has been almost completely eradicated. 

The first stage of construction on the fence will begin in Eilat and stretch northward. The length of the fence is estimated at 30 kilometers (19 miles) - nearly an eighth of the 230 kilometer (143 mile) long border between Israel and Jordan. 

The cost of the project at this time is estimated at three billion shekels ($765 million).