Netanyahu Defends Tweet on Trump's Wall: I Didn’t Comment on U.S.-Mexico Relations

'I believe our ties are much stronger than any passing disagreement or misunderstanding,' prime minister says after Mexico voices dismay over his tweet supporting Trump's border wall.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, 2010.
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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished on Tuesday to "explain and clarify" his tweet about the erection of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Speaking at the CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu described the crisis between the countries surrounding his tweet as a misunderstanding, and said that the great relations between Israel and Mexico would continue.

"I take this opportunity to explain or clarify what I did and did not say in my tweet the other night," Netanyahu said. "I did point out the remarkable success of Israel’s security fence. But I did not comment about U.S.-Mexico relations."

On Saturday, the prime minister voiced what seemed to be support for Trump's plan to build a border wall along America's border with Mexico and praised Trump for referencing Israel in defending his wall. 

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

Mexico has since expressed "dismay and disappointment" over Netanyahu's comment.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu said that "We've had, and will continue to have, good relations with Mexico. And I believe our ties are much stronger than any passing disagreement or misunderstanding.

"And in fact, I've had a long, fruitful and very friendly relationship with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and it will continue," the prime minister said.