While President Donald Trump has received pushback from Americans and Mexicans on his quest to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border, Israel has offered to lend a helping hand.
Magal Security Systems Ltd. — an Israeli security company that was responsible for fencing in Gaza — is taking strides to help Trump build this monstrosity after he publicly praised Israel’s success in improving security by blocking off its frontiers, Bloomberg reports.
Ironically, shares of Magal Security Systems — based in the city of Yehud — jumped 5.6 percent the day after Trump told Fox News that a barrier like theirs could almost completely stop border breaches. Its shares have jumped nearly 50 percent in the months since Trump’s election last November.
Magal was instrumental in constructing Israel’s West Bank barrier, which is a stretch of fences and concrete walls equipped with fiber-optic sensors that was started back in 2002 in response to a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings.
That same technology would be used for Trump's wall.
"Without going into politics, we have the most prestigious and battle-proven technology worldwide in border security,” Magal CEO Saar Koursh reportedly said during a homeland security conference in Tel Aviv in November. "If Mr. Trump builds a fence or a wall, we believe our technology will definitely be a benefit.”
Magal also assisted in building a fence along the Israel-Egypt border, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referenced in a controversial tweet on Saturday.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea ????????— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017
“President Trump is right,” Netanyahu wrote. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”
After Mexico’s Foreign Ministry expressed “profound surprise, rejection, and disappointment” over the tweet, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman named Emmanuel Nahshon clarified that Netanyahu was referring to Israel’s “specific security experience which we are willing to share” and noted that “we do not express a position on U.S.-Mexico relations.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also offered an apology directly to Mexico for Netanyahu’s egregious tweet.
“I am sorry for any hurt caused as a result of this misunderstanding, but we must remember that we are talking about a misunderstanding, and I am sure that we can put the issue behind us,” said Rivlin in a statement issued by his office.
"We have no intention to compare Israel's security situation and the needs that emanate from it, and the situation faced by countries that are friends of Israel," Rivlin also said, according to The Hill.
The Israeli government may be trying to distance itself from Trump’s plans, but Magal seems to have no qualms with making a quick buck by helping bring his absurd, presumably ineffective wall to life.
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