Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, hailed U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on his decision to build a wall along the 3,200km U.S.- Mexico borders to â€śprevent illegal immigration.â€ť
On his Twitter page, Netanyahu wrote that â€śPresident Trump is right,â€ť likening Trumpâ€™s wall idea to the aÂ 240-kilometre wall Israel completed in 2014, along its border with Egypt.
â€śI built a wall along Israelâ€™s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,â€ť Netanyahu added in the tweet.
Israel had also built a 700km wall around the occupied West Bank, which was also installed in some areas inside the West Bank. The wall is 8 meters high in some areas, as w ell, according to the PNN.
In addition, duringÂ an interview with Fox News, on Thursday, Trump justified his decision, citing Israel which, he said, had managed to â€śstop 99.9 percentâ€ť of illegal immigration.
Â Within a few days after Trump became officially president, Israel announced approval to build thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank, a decision which was slammed by the U.N. and several international bodies.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.