Mexico’s Jewish community was caught in the cross-hairs this January when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the idea of the United States building a border wall along its southern frontier. But eight months later, the controversy has past, and the community is eagerly anticipating a visit from the Israeli premier.
“It’s all in the past, and it was all settled as a misunderstanding,” Moises Romano Hafif, head of the Mexican Jewish community, told Haaretz. “As a minority, we are extremely happy that he is visiting Mexico… It means a lot that he is stopping by on his way to the United States.”
Mexico is home to 40,000 Jews, and Netanyahu will pass through on a tour of Latin America, which is also bringing him to Brazil and Argentina. The country is Israel’s second-largest trading partner after Brazil.
Netanyahu ignited an international furor when he endorsed President Trump’s border wall idea - with Mexicans expressing outrage at the statement, and the Mexican Jewish community publicly declaring its disagreement.