Homeland Security Monitor - April 2011

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

1. Israeli Police Share Techniques with Sheriff from Colorado 2. Milwaukee County Sheriff Learns Security Methods in Israel 3. Israeli Preparedness Operation to Incorporate Text Messages 4. Water Security to Be Included in Upcoming Israeli Water Forum 5. Israeli Company Develops Emergency Notification System

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Israel will show its advances in water security at an upcoming conference in Tel Aviv. Read more...



1. Israeli Police Share Techniques with Sheriff from Colorado
Sherriff Terry Maketa from El Paso County, Colorado, travelled to Israel earlier this month with a group of U.S. sheriffs and police chiefs, KRDO NewsChannel 13 reported. Maketa said that all the trip participants "gained new perspectives on national security issues." He further expressed interest in employing an Israeli practice in the United States: highly involved community participation in crime prevention. The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), a charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC.

2. Milwaukee County Sheriff Learns Security Methods in Israel
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark also visited Israel on an AIEF-sponsored trip (see above news item) with a group of U.S. police chiefs and sheriffs, Homeland Security Newswire reported. “The constant homeland security threat,” said Clark, "faced on a daily basis by Israel since 1948 ... makes the Israeli police and Israeli National Defense the pre-eminent authorities in terms of homeland security, how to prevent attacks and how to respond to those that do, as far as I’m concerned. I want to learn from them."�0;0;1D;

3. Israeli Preparedness Operation to Incorporate Text Messages
The IDF Home Front Command announced that it will be incorporating a text message warning system during the upcoming Turning Point 5 preparedness exercise that will take place in late June 2011, The Jerusalem Post reported. The training, which tests civilians and emergency responders in their reactions to mock rocket attacks, will occur during five days and will include 80 local authorities. The text message alert mechanism can notify civilians in range of an approaching rocket. Such a device can be adapted by other countries in order to notify citizens of a range of possible natural disasters or attacks.

4. Water Security to Be Included in Upcoming Israeli Water Forum 
Israel’s advances in water security will be highlighted as part of the Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control (WATEC) conference in Israel in mid-November 2011, Israeli 21c reported. Gilad Peled, manager of business development at the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute and conference coordinator, explained that Israel is at the forefront of this "niche" field, which can be an asset to other countries, including the United States.

5. Israeli Company Develops Emergency Notification System

Israel’s eVigilo created a warning system—Integrated Alert Distribution Center (IADC)—that allows urgent alerts to be communicated to civilians via cell phone, radio, pagers, personal computers, television and sirens, Israel 21c reported. The Israeli system, run by Israel’s Home Front Command, is comparable to the U.S. Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The mechanism will be used to alert Israelis to incoming rockets as well as tsunamis and earthquakes. "We can reach the same audience, and at the same time, reduce disturbances in the country, and increase our advantage in protecting Israelis in various situations," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
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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.