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Drug Highway to the Promised Land: An Israel Today Exclusive

Israel Today’s Editor-in-Chief o
gives us an inside, first-hand report on Israel’s growing drug smuggling troubles from the desert.

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“Wild Wild West” is the name now given to the areas along Israel’s southern border with Egypt. Especially, the 40 km from Nizanna to the Gaza Strip, and a 90 km stretch in the direction of the Ramon Crater, have become desert highways to smuggle drugs into the Jewish state.

It starts deep into the night. With the help of eight-meter-high (30 feet) ladders, Egyptian Bedouins throw their sacks over the fence where they are collected by Israeli Bedouins on this side of the border in just minutes. The Israeli Bedouins have remodelled and souped-up off-road jeeps that no Israeli vehicle can catch in the wild race across the desert.

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Smuggled goods

Almost weekly along the drug routes there are violent clashes. Egyptian smugglers shoot at Egyptian and Israeli forces to…

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