Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter on Saturday to hail new US President Donald Trump’s decision to build a wall on the border with Mexico. On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order telling officials to begin to “plan, design and construct a physical wall” along the 3,200-kilometre (2,000-mile) US-Mexico border, making good on a campaign pledge.

In an interview with American channel Fox News on Thursday Trump justified his decision, citing Israel which, he said, had managed to “stop 99.9 percent” of illegal immigration by constructing a wall. He was referring to the more than 240-kilometre barrier Israel completed in 2014 along its border with Egypt, a route previously taken by many African illegal immigrants and traffickers. FULL REPORT