Netanyahu Speaks Out About Trump’s Border Wall

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Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the Mexico border, calling it a “great idea.”

After Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to forge ahead on construction of a “physical wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants, as promised during this presidential campaign, Prime Minister Netanyahu took to Twitter to endorse the border wall and wrote that President Trump “is right” about walls preventing illegal immigration.

Netanyahu also referred to a 150-mile fence built along Israel’s border with Egypt, calling the measure a “great success.”  The wall was erected in 2014, and since has dramatically reduced the number of illegal immigrants entering Israel from African nations.

African refugees behind a fence bordering Israel and Egypt.

African refugees behind a fence bordering Israel and Egypt.

For News reports that immigrants were fleeing to Israel to escape atrocities in Darfur, but their arrival also led to increased crime rates and overwhelmed the Israeli health system, as well as fueling other social issues.

Those coming into the U.S. from the south are seeking better economic conditions, and include people fleeing El Salvador and other parts of Central America ravaged by poverty, violence, and consequences of the region’s drug wars.

According to Jewish News Service and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s barricade “significantly curbed the flow of illegal infiltration into Israel, with only 11 successful attempts to cross the fence throughout 2016.”

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H/T: Fox News

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