Memorandum of Understanding on Homeland Security Cooperation Between the U.S. and Israel

The United States and Israel sign a landmark joint memorandum of understanding that lays the groundwork for enhanced cooperation between the two allies in the field of homeland security. The agreement includes provisions for cooperation on airline security, explosives detection, responding to terrorist and criminal activities and training. It also establishes a joint Homeland Security Steering Committee that will meet annually to ensure the implementation of the agreement. Signed by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter, the memorandum mirrors a similar agreement established between the two countries in 1996 that delineates parameters for counterterrorism cooperation.