The Israeli company that built Israel’s border fence is making a play this week to construct U.S. President Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico.
According to Bloomberg, the U.S.-based unit of Magal Security Systems Ltd. presented at a January 31 conference on border security attended by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The company, whose shares have risen almost 50% since Trump’s election, showcased a fiber-optic fencing system that it says is used in airports and seaports around the world. The company also built Israel’s border fence with Gaza and the West Bank.
“We have the right product and we have the experience in Israel that helps in showcasing our product,” Magal’s Chief Executive Officer Saar Koursh told Bloomberg.
Israel contends the fences keep Israel safe, while Palestinians say they are part of a system of collective punishment that limits freedom of movement.
Trump cited Israel an example of a nation that has stopped undocumented immigration in an interview with Fox News.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted about the fence’s effectiveness in a subsequent tweet.
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
The Israeli government approved thousands of new homes in Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank on Tuesday night, said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a statement. This followed last week’s announcement of 2,500 new West Bank homes and hundreds more in East Jerusalem.
“We are in a new period in which life in Judea and Samaria is back on track,” Lieberman said in the statement, using the biblical terms for the West Bank.
Settlers and their government supporters have been emboldened by President Donald Trump, who has signaled that he will be more lenient on Jewish settlement building in the area Palestinians claim as their future state than his predecessor, Barack Obama. The international community considers settlements illegal, which Israel rejects.
The announcement of the 3,000 new homes in 13 different settlements came as Israeli security forces were preparing to evacuate Amona, a wildcat outpost of 50 families which was built on private Palestinian land.
The settlement announcement was widely seen as an effort to calm the outrage over the Amona evacuation. On Wednesday morning, more than a thousand youth had amassed in Amona to protest the eviction. They threw rocks at security forces, lit furniture on fire and blocked the entrances to the outpost, according to reporters on the scene.
During his presidential campaign, Ben Carson said he is proud of his bluntness and thick skin, and an eight-year-old video clip, demonstrates his consistency: Trump’s nominee to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department, made a gag about the Holocaust — in front of a Holocaust survivor.
In the clip, Carson is heard joshing about the Holocaust — and anorexia — at Lafayette College’s ceremony, only a few minutes after survivor Nechama Tec, a famous sociologist, receives an honorary award.
“I was talking to another group about how the fashion industry has gotten the young ladies to think they’re supposed to be so skinny they look like they’ve escaped from a concentration camp and a Jewish man got offended,” Carson told the audience. “He said, ‘You can’t mention concentration camps, that’s too delicate, it would be as if I said something to you about slavery.’ I told him, You can mention slavery all you want, it doesn’t bother me.’”
Carson has run into trouble before for Holocaust comments, as when he said that he opposed gun control because the Holocaust would not have happened if Jews had owned firearms.
Last week, the White House issued a controversial statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted specific reference to Jews.
The war of words between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats is escalating.
After Trump coined the nickname “Fake Tears Chuck” to describe Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, it was time for former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to shoot back.
The Jewish Florida congresswoman chose to describe the president of the United States as a “dictator” during an interview with Fox Business Network.
Trump’s set of tweets, in which he derided Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were, according to Wasserman Schultz “telling.” The reason, she explained is because “it shows that he believes that he was elected as a dictator.” Wasserman Schultz added that “there is an advise and consent role for the United States Senate, and that is what they are doing. He doesn’t just get to have his nominations rubber-stamped.”
This isn’t the first time Wasserman Schultz has remarked on dictatorial qualities in Trump’s style of governing. During the presidential campaign, she took issue with Trump’s promise that he alone can fix America’s problems.
“There’s a word for that in government and it’s not democracy,” Wasserman Schultz said, then turning to the crowd and noting that some of them are “from countries of origin where you know something about dictators who think that they can do everything alone.”
Yeshiva University, the flagship educational institution of Modern Orthodox Judaism, issued a statement Monday that appeared to criticize President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“There is continuing turmoil regarding US immigration policy,” said YU president Richard Joel in the statement. “Yeshiva University is unwavering in its support of religious rights and societal values. Ensuring spiritual and personal freedoms are fundamental to the country, our community and our university.”
In a separate statement reportedly sent to students and faculty at YU’s Cardozo Law School, and posted online by the Cardozo chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Joel said that the university would not release information about students to the government without a court order, and would seek to assist students impacted by any change to the Obama-era policy that allowed some immigrants brought to the nation as children to have work permits.
“The Administration has been following these unfolding events and takes their implications most seriously,” Joel said in that statement.
In wake of #MuslimBan, Yeshiva University & Cardozo Law School announce they will be #SanctuaryCampus. #NoBanNoWall. pic.twitter.com/9NQ16cGSEh— Cardozo NLG (@CardozoNLG) January 30, 2017
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