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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

‘Walls that work:’ Can Israeli tech be Trump’s solution for Mexico border security?

The Trump administration has reportedly reached a new contract with the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems to implement advanced security systems on the U.S. border with Mexico, similar to the security technology utilized along Israel’s borders.
 
According to reports that emerged last weekend in Hebrew- and English-language Israeli media, an American delegation recently visited Israel to tour the country’s borders with the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Delegation members were pitched on a “smart border” security concept to be implemented along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
 
The plan reportedly involves the construction of observation towers and the implementation of cutting-edge technology—including highly advanced sensors as well as monitoring and communications systems—to combat illegal border infiltration from above and below ground.   
 
During his 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump lauded Israel’s border security expertise when commenting on his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
“You could ask Israel about walls that work. Believe me, walls work,” Trump told a rally in Atlanta in February 2016.
 
After news reports on the border security contract surfaced, the Israeli company downplayed its role. READ MORE