Birds fly over the border fence that divides Israel and Jordan in the Jordan Valley, in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank, on Feb. 16, 2014.
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July 6, 2015 7:20 AM EDT

Israel has taken one more step to walling itself off from its neighbors.

The border with Jordan is the last Israeli frontier that is totally open to a neighboring country; the borders with Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are all fenced off.

But the nation’s Security Cabinet adopted a proposal last month to build an approximately 18-mile-long fence along Israel’s eastern border with Jordan.

The 16-foot-high barrier is intended to prevent Islamist extremists and migrants from entering the country, and will stretch from the southern port city of Eilat to Timna…

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