The Israeli company that built a wall along Gaza's border wants to build Donald Trump's wall on the Mexican border

Chloe Farand
Monday 06 February 2017 00:09
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A section of the US-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez
A section of the US-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez

The Israeli company that built Israel’s border fence wit Gaza is now seeking to build Donald Trump’s planned wall between the US and Mexico.

Magal Security Systems presented its Fiber Patrol product at a conference on border security, attended by officials from the US Department of Homeland Security, Bloomberg reported.

The company, which previously built Israel’s West Bank security wall, showed US officials its fibre-optic sensor fencing, which it says is already used at airports and seaports around the world.

The barrier-building business has seen its shares soar by nearly 50 per cent since Mr Trump’s election, Bloomberg reports.

“We have the right product and we have the experience in Israel that helps in showcasing our product,” the company’s chief executive Saar Koursh told the news agency.

Magal Security Systems also helped build a fence along Israel’s border with Egypt and in Somalia and other countries in Africa.

President of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu previously tweeted about his support for Mr Trump’s wall on the border with Mexico.

“President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” he tweeted.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said there might not be a physical structure all along the border but surveillance technology, including sensor products, will be used in some places.

The President has repeatedly said he would build a "big, beautiful wall" all the way across the US-Mexico border, and force the latter country to pay for it. But Mexico has said that it will refuse to pay for any wall – the costs of which are expected to be in the tens of billions.

The barrier between the US and Mexico already relies heavily on sensor technology and cameras that are watched by the US Border Patrol to identify anyone attempting to cross.

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