1. United States and Israel Increase Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Holl Lute met with Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch in Jerusalem to discuss bilateral cooperation on confronting terrorism, The Jerusalem Post reported. "Unfortunately, Israel is considered a world expert on dealing with terrorism,” Aharonovitch said. “At the same time, we have an obligation to share information with our friends.” Lute's visit comes as part of a major U.S.-Israeli effort to increase cooperation on counter-terrorism efforts to help avert future attacks. The United States is keen to learn about Israeli counter-terrorism experience as well as how various Israeli law enforcement agencies work together and share information.
2. Israel Using Computer Technology Against Enemies
The chief of Israel’s military intelligence said his country is using its civilian technological advances to enhance cyber warfare capabilities, Reuters reported. In a policy address, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said the Jewish state is considering using so-called “malicious software” to sabotage enemy networks. “The potential exists here for applying force ... capable of compromising the military controls and the economic functions of countries, without the limitations of range and location,” he said.
3. Israeli Airport Gains Increased Attention After Failed U.S. Attack
In the wake of the failed terrorist attack on a U.S. plane on Christmas, security methods in Israeli airports have received increased attention, Agence France Presse reported. Experts say that Israeli screening methods would have captured the would-be bomber before he boarded the plane. To date, no plane leaving Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport has ever been hijacked or bombed.
4. Napolitano Calls for Vigilance Against Terrorists
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in a speech to the American-Israel Friendship League in early December, discussed the importance of citizens playing a role in fighting terrorism, Government Security News reported. She commended Israelis for rising above constant threats as well as the average Israelis’ awareness in daily life about potential attacks. She indicated that America can learn from such practices.
5. National Guard and IDF Collaborate
With a continuing stream of shared threats and concerns to deal with, the IDF Home Front Command and the U.S. National Guard have decided to exchange liaisons to help facilitate their cooperation, The Jerusalem Post reported. Israel will station an officer in Washington, D.C., while the U.S. will station an officer in Ramle, Israel, on a short-term or a long-term basis. The plan to exchange officers arose during a visit by U.S. National Guard officials in 2008.