Homeland Security Monitor - August 2012

 

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE AUGUST 2012
1. Israel’s Home Front Command Prepares for Regional Threats
2. New School Building Protects from Rocket Fire
3. Israeli Companies Spending Millions to Fortify Infrastructure
4. Israelis Prepare Bomb Shelters, Gas Mask for Possible Conflict
5. Nationwide Text Alert System Tested in Israel

 

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Israel is preparing for possible attacks by Iran and other regional threats.
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1. Israel’s Home Front Command Prepares for Regional Threats
Israel’s Home Front Command is holding a series of drills to prepare for a variety of regional threats, Ynet reported. The threat from Iran and the possibility that instability in Syria could spur the use of unconventional weapons against Israel have constituted some of the Home Front’s major concerns.
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2. New School Building Protects from Rocket Fire
Israeli children in the embattled city of Sderot recently began studying in a rocket-proof school building that can shield its occupants from incoming Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza, the Associated Press reported. The $27.5 million building contains unique architectural structuring that enables it to absorb and deflect rocket fire. “You can finally teach without constantly worrying about what to do when there is a rocket attack,” said Zohar Nir-Levi, the principal of the junior high school.
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3. Israeli Companies Spending Millions to Fortify Infrastructure
Israel’s National Infrastructure Division of the Home Front Command will be leading efforts with the private sector to secure important utilities, Ynet reported.  The Home Front Command will help the Israeli business that oversee oil refineries, communication towers, power and water ensure that the infrastructures will be braced to endure potential attacks.
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4. Israelis Prepare Bomb Shelters, Gas Mask for Possible Conflict
Israelis are acquiring gas masks and preparing bomb shelters in order to get ready for possible conflicts with Iran and other regional actors, The Los Angeles Times reported. One Israeli, Ram Gilboa, 32, who is expecting his third child, even purchased a gas mask for the coming newborn. “That’s not normal,” he said. "When you're making a list of gifts for a baby, gas mask is not supposed to be on it.”
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5. Nationwide Text Alert System Tested in Israel
Earlier this month Israel conducted a five-day test of a text message alert system Agence France Presse reported. Citizens in Jerusalem, Hadera, Arad, Upper Nazareth, and Afula received test text messages warning of a mock missile attack in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English.
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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.