'President Trump is right': Israeli PM Netanyahu tweets support, critics be damned

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Cabinet secretary Tzachi Braverman during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Cabinet secretary Tzachi Braverman during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday

As United States president Donald Trump moves ahead with building the "great wall" between America and Mexico at its southern border, there is an important benefit of the wall that has little been considered: the Mexican point of view.

Trump is right to build the wall.

Israel's Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority has released dramatic statistics reflecting how effective the construction of a border fence has been at stemming the entry of illegal migrants seeking to cross the border from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"To me, it looks like Trump is already squeezing Netanyahu hard".

Israel has also built a steel-and-concrete barrier along its border with the occupied West Bank, which it says is to prevent militants crossing into Israel.

"The foreign ministry expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu's message", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

In addition, the Central Committee of the Jewish Community in Mexico broke with normative community policy by slamming Netanyahu, with one comment even comparing Trump's proposed wall to the electrified fences that surrounded Nazi concentration camps during the second World War.

"Mexico is Israel's friend and Israeli prime minister should behave himself in regard to Mexico properly", it continued.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Twitter Netanyahu had been referring to his country's "specific security experience" and that Israel was not voicing an opinion on U.S. "They were having a total disaster coming across, and they had a wall". A border wall that would cover the entire length of the border would be roughly 2,000 miles.

"It's 99.9 percent stoppage", Trump said.

Those coming into the USA from the south are seeking better economic condition and include people fleeing El Salvador and other parts of Central America, ravaged by poverty, violence and other consequences of the region's drug wars. On Wednesday, President Trump signed two executive orders to kick off the process of beefing up border security. "Don't we have enough problems of our own?"

Former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who left his position only days ago, also criticized Netanyahu's statement.

"But for what?" Shapiro asked - canceling the Iran nuclear pact? Or allowing for a boom in construction in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?

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