Homeland Security Monitor - January 2012

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE JANUARY 2012
1. Fortified Emergency Room in Haifa Shields Israelis
2. U.S. and Israel Invest in Security Software Firm
3. U.S. Physicians Travel to Israel to Learn Disaster Preparation
4. Tyco International Acquires Israeli Security Company
5. Florida Firefighter Trains in Israel

 

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A new emergency room in Haifa seeks to protect Israelis from Hizballah rocket attacks. Read more...

1. Fortified Emergency Room in Haifa Shields Israelis
A new emergency room in Haifa’s Carmel Medical Center is able to protect patients and staff from rockets, missiles and biological weapons from Israel’s northern border, The Jerusalem Post reported. 40-centimer-thick cement walls allow patient care to continue during an attack. The new 2,000 square meter facility is able to handle up to 80 patients simultaneously.
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2. U.S. and Israel Invest in Security Software Firm
U.S. banking giant Goldman Sachs co-led a $40 million investment in Cyber-Ark Software, a security software firm with most of its employees in Israel, Boston Business Journal reported. Israel-based Jerusalem Venture Partners also helped finance the investment. The company’s R&D is based in Israel and its CEO and co-founder is a native Israeli.
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3. U.S. Physicians Travel to Israel to Learn Disaster Preparation 
Thirteen American physicians recently traveled to Israel as part of a program sponsored by the Disaster Management Division of Israel’s Ministry of Health, the Israel Defense Forces’ Surgeon General, and American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel. The American doctors met with Israeli doctors, nurses, and psychologists to learn how Israel deals with disaster and trauma. One participant, John R. Cohn, told the Jewish Exponent that he was struck that “as rockets fell, Israeli Jews and Arabs worked side by side in the same hospital.”
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4. Tyco International Acquires Israeli Security Company
Tyco International Ltd. announced that it recently acquired Visonic Ltd., an Israeli company that develops and manufactures security systems, for nearly $100 million. Visonic provides wireless communications technologies used in more than one million wireless installations around the world. “The company's technological capabilities and strong presence in markets such as Europe enable us to further enhance the solutions and reach of our intrusion security portfolio,” said Tyco Security Products President Mark VanDover.
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5. Florida Firefighter Trains in Israel
Rocky Parker, a fire lieutenant paramedic from Florida, recently traveled to Israel with the Emergency Volunteers Project — a group dedicated to sending first-responders to Israel during times of crisis, the Bradenton Herald reported. Parker spent a week and a half in Israel working with Israeli firefighters and learning about Israel’s terrorism procedures. Parker describes his experience with Israeli firefighters as “the most intense training I have ever done in my life,” adding, “two people there are doing what 12 do in the states.”
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AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.