January 29, 2017
Israel backs Trump
They built a wall (but it's really a fence)
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Johnson inspects Israeli "wall". Wall Street Journal -- January 28
Israel PM Netanyahu Praises Trump's Plan for Mexico Border Wall
Tel Aviv -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday praised plans by U.S. President Donald Trump's new administration to build a wall on the Mexico border, saying his country's own barrier on the Egyptian border had halted illegal immigration.
“I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration,” Mr. Netanyahu wrote on his official Twitter account, adding emoticons of the U.S. and Israeli flags. “Great success. Great idea.”
Earlier this week, Mr. Trump ordered his government to start on building a wall on the border with Mexico, as he attempts to crack down on immigration. He has also imposed a ban on entry to the U.S. for people from certain Muslim-majority countries.
The Foreign Relations Ministry expressed “profound surprise and disappointment” at the tweet. “Mexico is a friend of Israel, and should be treated as such by its prime minister,” it said in a statement, adding that “only yesterday” Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray presided over an event at the ministry to honor and remember victims of the Holocaust.
The Jewish community in Mexico issued a statement rejecting Mr. Netanyahu's message and expressing support for Mexicans living in the U.S.
“As Mexicans and Jews we support the actions taken by President Enrique Peña Nieto in negotiations with the U.S.,” it said.