Israel’s ambassador to Mexico faces rebuke after PM’s wall comments
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Israel’s ambassador to Mexico faces rebuke after PM’s wall comments

Jonathan Peled to be summoned for dressing down by foreign minister after Netanyahu tweets support for Trump’s southern barrier

Israel's ambassador to Mexico, Jonathan Peled, July 2015, (Screen capture: YouTube)
Israel's ambassador to Mexico, Jonathan Peled, July 2015, (Screen capture: YouTube)

Israel’s ambassador to Mexico is to be summoned for a dressing down Monday in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent support for US President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Jonathan Peled will be called for a meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso and is expected to receive an angry telling off after Netanyahu tweeted that Trump’s border wall was a “great idea,” comparing it to the wall on Israel’s southern border.

Israel had already walked back Netanyahu’s tweet a few hours after the prime minister sent it.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry stressed Saturday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not commenting on US-Mexican relations when the Israeli leader said earlier that US President Donald Trump was “right” in pushing for a wall along the US-Mexico border to block illegal immigration.

Earlier Saturday, Netanyahu praised Trump for his plan to build a security barrier. Referring to the recently built fence along Israel’s border with Egypt, the prime minister said the measure had been a “great success” in keeping out migrants, who mainly came from African nations.

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