JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States could apply some of the security measures applied to Israel's Gaza border on its own border with Mexico, an Israeli cabinet minister said Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) sits at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 1
Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan received his US counterpart, Secretary of State for Internal Security Kirstenen Nielsen, last month among the helpers of President Donald Trump, who was hired to deliver on his promise to prevent illegal immigration.
To this end, Trump says that the United States needs a wall along its 3200 km border with Mexico. But he was hampered by domestic dissent and uncertainty about funding.
During her visit to Israel, Nielsen inspected the hi-tech fences that sealed off the 230-kilometer-long Egyptian border and the 60-kilometer Gaza border Palestinian enclave of Hamas Islamists.
"She has told me that there is a lot to learn here, and I think that some of it will certainly be implemented in what the United States is building on its border with Mexico," said Erdan on Israeli Ynet TV in an interview near the border with Gaza.
Among the Israeli technologies he said Nielsen looked at was an underground wall designed to block Hamas attack tunnels and early warning systems for consequential damage.
The US Embassy in Jerusalem had no immediate comment.
Following her Israeli border trip on June 12, Nielsen said in a speech in Jerusalem, "Border security is national security, our Israeli partners know this better than anyone, and today I was fortunate enough to see the incredible work they do to protect their territory and their citizens. "
Weekly, sometimes violent protests have occurred on the border between Gaza and Israel since March 30. The Israeli military killed more than 140 Palestinians during the protests and said they were deadly Violence was necessary to prevent armed infiltration. The death toll has attracted foreign censure, though not from Washington, which echoed Israel's suggestion that Hamas was to blame.
Letter from Dan Williams; Editing by Mark Heinrich