(GPA) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced early-on in his campaign that he would build a giant wall along the US-Mexico border. Since then, the candidate has consistently managed to out-do himself. It seems like every day Trump makes a new inflammatory statement or ignorant accusation. At this point the issue of the “border wall” has been buried by so many other outrageous statements and incidents (most recently kicking a baby out of his campaign rally) that the border-wall had actually slipped my mind. Well one company hasn’t forgotten about the border-wall; and if Trump wins they’re hoping to get the contract.
The Israeli company Magal Security systems has already built the “smart fence” surrounding Gaza; which is complete with motion detectors, video monitoring, ground sensors, and satellite surveillance. But Magal isn’t stopping with just a fence. The next step is to turn Holon (near Tel Aviv) into what’s called a “smart city.” It’s a 5 million dollar contract that will include lining the suburban streets with cameras, monitoring systems and intercoms.
But Gaza isn’t the only wall Magal has on their resume, they’ve also worked to build security barriers along parts of Jordan and Egypt. Company CEO, Saar Koursh, hopes Magal’s next contract will be with Kenya, where the government is planning to build a wall along the Somali border. This would be Magal’s most hefty contract yet: 425 miles and a whopping $15.2 billion.
But if they don’t get the contract, Koursh isn’t worried because the border business is booming again: “The border business was down, but then came ISIS and the Syrian conflict,” Koursh said in an interview with Bloomberg, “The world is changing and borders are coming back big-time.” In addition to the Middle East and Africa, Magal is looking to gain some contracts throughout Europe and also hopes to start selling surveillance equipment instead of just managing projects.
But one project they’re really hoping to manage is– of course– Donald Trump’s 2,000 mile wall along the Mexican border. “We would join forces with a major U.S. defense company that has experience with such projects worldwide,” Koursh said. “We’ve done it in the past and we would definitely want to do it.” Koursh is very proud of Magal’s Gaza-wall, and likes that he can point to a concrete example of his company’s work: “Anybody can give you a very nice Powerpoint, but few can show you such a complex project as Gaza that is constantly battle-tested.”
Indeed, instead of confronting socioeconomic issues that cause “terrorism” and immigration to develop in the first place, world powers are choosing instead to succumb to fear and totalitarianism. Whether Trump gets elected or not, Magal will surely be raking in profits, even without the Mexican-wall contract.
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Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.