TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
Israel will spend IL 350 million to strengthen its fortifications along the frontier with Jordan, it was disclosed here. Military correspondents touring the Jordanian line were told that the first stage of the project would cost IL 200 million and the balance would be spent on the second stage.
The network of fortifications will extend along the Jordan River and the Araba district of the Negev where there is no water barrier between Israel and Jordan. The work will be carried out by the Army Engineers Corps and the Defense Ministry’s construction department.
The correspondents were told that the Jordanian army was undergoing modernization with the latest American weapons including long range artillery and anti-tank missiles of the TOW type. The Jordanian army is composed of two tank divisions, one mechanized division and two infantry divisions.