Homeland Security Monitor - April 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
1. Israeli Officials Meet U.S. Homeland Security Chief Chertoff2. Alabama Homeland Security Director Learns from Israel3. Israel Tests Suicide Bomber-Resistant Buses4. Israel’s Cryptone Phone Securing Communications5. Jerusalem, Atlanta-Based Companies Team Up on Homeland Security FPO photo

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (left) met with Israeli Minister of Public Security Avi Dicter in Israel.



1. Israeli Officials Meet U.S. Homeland Security Chief Chertoff
Top Israeli security officials, including Israeli Minster of Public Security Avi Dicter, recently met with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff during his official visit to Israel. The meetings aimed to promote operational and technological homeland security cooperation between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State of Israel. The leader of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence Branch, the leader of the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) and other senior officials also met with Chertoff. Dicter accompanied Chertoff on his visits to Jerusalem and Ben Gurion International Airport, where they discussed the challenges Israel faces in homeland security and enhancing homeland security cooperation between the two countries.

2. Alabama Homeland Security Director Learns from Israel
On the heels of Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker’s trip to Israel, Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced Alabama’s plans to install an advanced first responder communications plan, the state’s Gadsden Times reported. Walker recently spent a week in Israel on a trip sponsored by the American Israeli Education Foundation (AIEF), a charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC, where he learned about Israel’s security measures and technologies and how they can be adapted to American homeland security.  “It gave us a strategic perspective. They’re doing a lot of things that are a test bed for tons of homeland security products,” Walker said.

3. Israel Tests Suicide Bomber-Resistant Buses
In a six-week pilot program, four armored buses designed to keep out suicide bombers are being tested on the streets of Jerusalem by specially trained drivers and a team of inspectors, HSDailyWire.com reported. The buses were developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) as part of a joint project by Egged (Israel’s largest bus company), the Transportation Ministry, and the Israel Police. Some of the buses’ special features include a one-way mechanism that allows the bus doors to be opened for exit only, a revolving arm at the door to enable better scrutiny of passengers entering the bus, and a double-glazed blast-resistant door.

4. Israel’s Cryptone Phone Securing Communications
Israeli Internet security expert Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communications at the University of Haifa, warns that the Internet has become a key tool for Islamist militants, WebProNews.com reported. Virtual terrorist training camps, in the form of websites and chat rooms, are used for recruiting and educating militants on-line. Weimann recently voiced his concerns during an Internet security conference hosted by Germany's Federal Police Office (BKA).

5. Jerusalem, Atlanta-Based Companies Team Up on Homeland Security
Mango DSP, a provider of intelligent video servers for the closed-circuit television, video surveillance and homeland security defense markets based in Jerusalem, and Steelbox Networks, a developer of media appliances based in Atlanta, Georgia, have signed a partnership agreement, HSToday.us reported. The partnership will enable current and future customers of Steelbox video surveillance network solutions to have the option of integrating Mango DSP's Raven-X2 and Raven-M video servers, which were developed especially for the homeland security and defense markets.


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.