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UPDATED: 09:57, March 14, 2005
Israel to build fence separating Jerusalem from West Bank
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Israel plans to build a temporary fence separating Jerusalem from the West Bank by July,Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said Sunday.

"The plan is to construct by July an improvised barrier, a temporary one, in those areas where a permanent one cannot be built at the moment, mainly because of legal reasons," Ya'alon told Army Radio on Sunday.

Although Israel recently completed the plan for the constructionof the barrier, the route in the Jerusalem area remains in dispute due to legal challenges filed by Israeli and Palestinian residents of border communities.

Israel says the fence is necessary to keep out suicide bombers,but Palestinians have criticized the barrier, which juts into the West Bank, as a land grab.

Also on Sunday, Israeli cabinet approved the appointment of major general Dan Halutz as the next IDF chief of staff to replace Ya'alon. The cabinet voted unanimously in favor of his appointment,Army Radio reported.

Source: Xinhua

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