US President Donald Trump has invoked an Israeli-made separation wall in the occupied Palestinian territories to defend his proposed security barrier on the US-Mexico border.
“Israel built a wall, 99.9 percent successful. Won’t be any different for us,” Trump said Friday, referring to the so-called Israeli “apartheid wall” that separates Jerusalem al-Quds from the West Bank.
The president made the remarks during a speech in the White House Rose Garden, after signing into law a bipartisan legislation that ended a month-long government shutdown over the funding of his controversial border wall.
Trump has time and again touted his wall strategy as the only “real” border security option to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drug trafficking from the south of the border.
Israel began building the 712-kilometer barrier of towering concrete walls, barbed-wire fences, trenches and closed military roads inside the occupied West…