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
Like pretty much everything else happening right now that we wish was some episode of “Punk’d,” this is also very real: Benjamin Netanyahu trailed his fingers along his phone keyboard and pressed send on a statement in support of Trump and his wall.
The tweet refers to an executive order Trump signed this past Wednesday stating that officials would begin to “plan, design and construct a physical wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.
While the endorsement itself is not surprising for a man that has been outspoken in his support for Trump, the claim that walls of any kind can be a “great success” is exaggerated and, quite frankly, wrong.
The very nature of a wall is divisive; it is designed to keep one group of people out, while keeping another in. Walls show the extent to which governments will clamor in order to control and monitor their people.
An endorsement from Netanyahu regarding a clearly divisive tactic is not surprising as the prime minister of Israel has his own history of making inflammatory comments on the same issues Trump exploited to gain popularity in the polls.
In an article commenting on the bond between both leaders, Benjy Sarlin from NBC news remarked, “Both speak about the threat of radical Islamic terrorism in similar terms, depicting it as a global civilization battle, rather than a limited conflict with individual extremist groups.”
Mexico’s foreign ministry spoke about Netanyahu and his endorsement of the wall saying he “expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s message on Twitter about the construction of a border wall.”
It is important to mention that Netanyahu and Trump’s close relationship would be beneficial to Israel, a state that is in the process of holding talks regarding both the Iran Nuclear deal and the possibility of a two-state solution with Palestine.
Netanyahu himself has a history of isolating and dehumanizing a group of individuals. He has previously cut the West Bank’s water supply, and continues to construct settlements in the area built on stolen land.
Both leaders seem to have similar visions for the future, one that is beneficial to them, but bleak for those of us who are directly affected by their remarks and hateful actions.
Walls have been proposed and built throughout history — yet they never have positive outcomes; rather they divide nations and tear apart families.
With this being said, it is important to note that some walls are built with brick and cement, while others are built within hearts and closed minds. The former we can knock down and use as lessons for future generations, the latter we cannot.