1. Tampa Police Major Visits Israel to Learn About Security
Tampa police major John Bennett, who is planning security for Super Bowl XLIII, recently returned from a five-day tour in Israel to review security strategies, MSNBC reported. Bennett visited Israel as part of an 18-person delegation, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), for law enforcement personnel from across the U.S. Bennett visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Hebron and received briefings from the Israeli army, field lieutenants, and a police chief in Hebron.
2. L.A., Israel Exchange Ideas and Strengthen Relationship
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Israeli officials that will enhance cooperation between Israeli airport experts and Los Angeles International (LAX), The Jewish Journal reported. The mayor, along with a delegation of senior city officials, leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Israel Leadership Club, and several Los Angeles clergy, spent a week in Israel during June for meetings with Israeli experts in homeland security, counterterrorism, and green technology. "We have much to learn from you," Villaraigosa said.
3. Israeli, U.S. Companies Announces Marketing Agreement
Rontal Applications Ltd., an Israeli security company that develops incident management and business continuity systems, has announced a marketing agreement with T&M Protection Resources, a leading U.S. provider of security systems and services, HSToday reported. Under the terms of the agreement, Rontal USA and T&M Protection Resources will jointly market Rontal’s advanced incident management system, SimGuard. SimGuard displays real time data to support decision-making processes in the areas of safety, security and business continuity.
4. Ben Gurion Airport Stages Aviation Drill
Ben Gurion International Airport staged a mass aviation disaster drill in late June, simulating a flight disaster that would result in an emergency landing, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported. The drill simulated the flight of a Boeing 747-200, taking off from Ben Gurion Airport en route to Manchester, only to crash and burst into flames. In addition to the army’s Owl helicopter, over 30 Magen David Adom ambulances and 30 fire trucks were used in the exercise, which included 200 senior army officers and Magen David Adom personnel. The drill was carried out as part of the airport’s emergency program, in accordance with the security guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
5. Israel Holds Annual Homeland Security Conference
The Jewish state in late June held its 22nd annual international "Security Israel" exhibitions, providing homeland security experts throughout the world with the opportunity to learn about the latest homeland security technology. Organized in collaboration with the Foreign Aid Division of the Israel Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Institute for International Cooperation and Export, and the Israel Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Commerce, "Security Israel" included exhibits and study sessions on military and army equipment, homeland security means and electronic security systems, civil defense and counter-terrorism.