Today the Washington Post published a leaked transcript of classified calls that took place in January 2017 where Donald Trump name-dropped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the President of Mexico. “Bibi Netanyahu told me the wall works,” Trump said to Enrique Peña Nieto in efforts to convince him to pay for construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
From the Post:
You know, you look at Israel – Israel has a wall and everyone said do not build a wall, walls do not work — 99.9 percent of people trying to come across that wall cannot get across and more. Bibi Netanyahu told me the wall works. We have also hired at least 15,000 more men and women on the border – patrolling the border very carefully. We just cannot play the game of stupidity anymore. I would love to continue talking.
Peña Nieto responded by asking Trump to table the discussion, stating it is “an issue that goes beyond the economic situation because this is an issue related to the dignity of Mexico and goes to the national pride of my country.”
Why Israel as a model?
Israel began construction on its 440 mile-wall in 2002. The wall is a combination of a fenced off zone, as well as concrete slabs that extend up to 26 feet in height. Eighty-five percent of the wall runs through the West Bank on Palestinian land, often dividing Palestinian towns from their agricultural lands, and separating Palestinian localities from one and another.
Palestinians have long said the…