Date: March 31, 2008
Abstract: The reality of life in Israel during the past 60 years has forced Israelis to defend against constant terrorist threats, driving the Jewish state to become a leading force in homeland security and counter-terrorism. Since 9/11, the United States and Israel have intensified their homeland security cooperation. Israel shares priceless information about terrorist organizations with the United States and is working with U.S. government and private entities to develop technologies and equipment aimed at thwarting terrorism and safeguarding citizens from both nations.
- Over the past 60 years Israel has been forced to
develop cutting-edge technologies and techniques for preventing
terrorism and mitigating the effects of natural and manmade disasters.
- Israel has developed advanced technologies in areas
including: critical infrastructure protection, border security,
biometric, explosives detection, mass transit security, and command,
control and communications.
- American law enforcement agencies are increasingly
studying Israel’s battle against terrorism to glean lessons for U.S.
efforts to protect us here at home.
- Israel frequently hosts delegations of American
police chiefs, sheriffs and emergency responders from across the
country. These U.S. lawmen have returned to infuse their departments’
training with lessons on how Israeli security forces prevent terrorist
attacks such as suicide bombings.
- With Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
being recognized as one of the world’s most secure airports, the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport officials from
Massachusetts, California, Florida, among other states, have been
working with Israeli experts on improving American airport security.
- In the public safety realm, Israel is a leader in
implementing security measures for malls and commercial areas. American
security officials from some of America’s largest retail malls,
including the Mall of America, have recognized Israel’s techniques and
sought to learn from Israel’s experience.
- Israel’s experience in dealing with emergencies has
forced it to develop effective first response policies and methods. As
the U.S. develops an all-hazards approach, Israel has provided valuable
expertise in emergency preparedness and response.
- With this increasing level of cooperation, Israeli
Minister of Public Security Avi Dichter and American Secretary of
Homeland Security Michael Chertoff last year signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) formalizing homeland security cooperation between
the two allies. This MOU opened a new realm of possibilities for
cooperation in homeland security.
- Congress has also passed legislation to expand the
U.S.-Israel homeland security relationship. In 2007, Congress passed the
Promoting Anti-Terrorism Through Science and Technology (PACTS) Act,
which created an office within the Department of Homeland Security to
boost international homeland security cooperation. Israel was one of
only five foreign countries mentioned in the legislation as an American
partner in homeland security (AIPAC, 2008).
Date: March 3, 2010
Source: Fierce Government IT
Abstract: In a new partnership, the Department of Homeland Security and Israel signed an agreement this week to work together to share information more quickly about civil aviation incidents.
"The real-time exchange of information with our international partners is critical to our efforts to enhance overall global aviation security," said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. "This agreement will allow the United States and Israel to better coordinate on, and respond to potential aviation security incidents to strengthen our mutual safety."
The near Christmas Day bombing over Detroit spurred this new agreement, one of a number of initiatives being implemented to deter terrorists from carrying out their missions.
Speaking with Napolitano, Israeli Transport and Road Safety Minister Israel Katz said the new agreement will "further improve the effectiveness of the cooperation between the respective civil aviation security authorities." However, some experts warn that it may not be enough to stop any terrorist attack.
Tom Kellermann, vice president of security awareness at Core Security Technologies and former senior data risk management specialist for the World Bank treasury security team, told nextgov.com that "nonstate actors and terrorist groups are mobilizing in cyberspace.""The virtual arms bazaar of hacking capabilities forces the United States and Israel to implement true defense in depth strategies," Kellermann continued. "That includes penetration testing of applications that feed data to international partners, two-factor authentication and techniques to verify the identity of anyone accessing network applications, and enhanced dynamic forensics for identifying potential intruders" (Fierce Government IT, 2010).
U.S. Foreign Aid To Israel: 2012 Congressional Report
Source: Journalist’s Resource
Abstract: Israel is currently the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign aid since World War II. Although aid to Israel began in 1949 with a $100 million bank loan, large-scale U.S. assistance for Israel increased dramatically throughout the several Arab-Israeli wars in the 1960s and 1970s.
A 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service,“U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” characterizes the historical financial relationship, types of military spending and current trends.
Among the highlights of the report are:
1. To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. It is currently the second largest recipient of aid worldwide, with Afghanistan now first.
2. The fiscal year 2013 budget request “includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing [FMF] for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement. Within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 budget request includes $99.8 million in joint U.S.-Israeli co-development for missile defense.”
3. In January 2013, if the provisions in the Budget Control Act of 2011 hold and 8.5% of most discretionary spending is cut, the annual aid to Israel, if not exempted, would be reduced by roughly $263.5 million.
4. In 2007, the Bush Administration signed a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package that raises Israel’s annual FMF grant from $2.55 billion to $3.1 billion.
5. “The United States and Israel announced in 2010 that Israel will purchase 19 F-35s, the fifth generation stealth aircraft considered to be the most technologically advanced fighter jet ever made, at a cost of $2.75 billion. They will be paid for entirely using FMF grants…. As part of the F-35 deal, the United States agreed to make reciprocal purchases of equipment from Israel’s defense industries estimated at $4 billion.”
6. In 2012 Israel’s portion of the total FMF account of the U.S. was 60%. Sixteen separate annual FMF grants to Israel represent 18-22% of the overall Israeli defense budget.
7. The value of the U.S. materiel stored in Israel increased to $800 million in 2010 and is expected to rise to $1.2 billion. By agreement, Israel may ask for permission to use these arms and equipment, and the country drew on these reserves in its 2006 conflict with Hezbollah.
8. “Over the past several years, the United States has sold Israel several variants of smart, ‘bunkerbuster’ bombs that could be used to strike buried targets, including the GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrator, a 5,000 pound-class smart bomb that can penetrate up to 20 feet of concrete.”
9. In non-military aid, between 1973 and 1991, the United States gave $460 million for resettling Jewish refugees in Israel. Annually, this figure has been between $12 million and $80 million.“The historic political changes occurring in the Arab world and the ongoing security challenges posed by Iran and its allies may affect the U.S.-Israeli aid relationship,” the report notes. “Some U.S. leaders perceive increasing threats to Israel, particularly from Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, and therefore may advocate for additional funding for programs such as short and long range missile defense. Others, who may also strongly support Israel’s security, also may see an opportunity for Israel to respond to empowered public opinion in neighboring Arab countries like Egypt through diplomatic means, especially by reenergizing peace initiatives with the Palestinians, and therefore may seek aid packages that offer incentives for this behavior” (Journlist Resource, 2012).
Israeli Company Has FAA Permission To Fly Drones In U.S. Airspace!
Date: May 15, 2012
Source: Veterans Today
Abstract: The Israeli company Stark Aerospace of Mississippi is not so much from Mississippi as it is from Israel. Stark Aerospace of Mississippi is a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries! And the Federal Aviation Administration has given them permission to fly their drones in American airspace!
Israel started its drone program with a contract in July of 1970 with the American company Teledyne Ryan. Since then it has moved to making its own drones which it uses to wage war with its neighbors as well as to keep Palestinians suppressed and under Jewish control. While being employed to control the Palestinians Israeli drones have been used in the direct killings of Palestinian children in Gaza.
The U.S. government promotes the use of drones to state and local governments. Already many state and local authorities have purchased drones for surveillance. As if this isn’t bad enough, some are thinking of arming them.
With U.S. politicians being so subservient to Israel and looking to the Jewish state for the advancement of their sickening and evil political careers, it is not surprising that American policy is mimicking Israeli policy. We’ve long since ceased to be a free Republic and are now merely a conglomerate of special interest groups with Israeli special interests at the top of the heap. In short, the American Republic has been replaced by a kosher plutocracy.
One of the most powerful weapons Israel has in its march to destroy freedom and to rule the world as its Hebrew Bible/Old Testament instructs it to do (one Bible quote in particular which seems to speak not only of Israel’s domination of its neighbors but also of its superior ruling relationship over America through its control of American politicians of both parties is Deuteronomy 11:23 which has God telling the Hebrews/Jews/Israel, “Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.”) is the belief of Gentiles that the Bible is the word of God. Since the Bible was written by ancient Hebrews/Jews it promotes them and Israel at the expense of everyone else. For example, the ancient Hebrews wrote in Deuteronomy 7:6 that God had chosen them “above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” And Leviticus 25:44-46 claims that God told the Hebrews/Jews that they could own Gentiles and our children as slaves forever “but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.” The list goes on and on.
This conflict Israel
has with the rest of the world is a profoundly important problem that must be
corrected. Especially since Israel has a stockpile of real nuclear,
biological and chemical weapons along with multiple submarines to launch them.
This conflict has been know for centuries as the battle between Jerusalem and
Athens. Jerusalem represents alleged revelations and actual superstition.
Athens represents God-given reason and the God honoring practice of following
the evidence wherever it leads. (I wrote a chapter on this important topic
in Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution
in You.) The American founder and Deist Thomas Paine
made clear the deadly nature of ancient Israel when he wrote in The Age of Reason, The Complete
Edition, “The Jews made no converts; they butchered
all.” This sick thinking is also embraced by modern Israel as is evident
from its violent treatment of Palestinians, its promotion of the Hebrew
Bible/Old Testament which promotesJewish superiority and its rhetoric such as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stating that Jerusalem has been the Israeli capital for 3,000 years.
The more people realize the ungodly nature of the Abrahamic “revealed”
religions and their “holy” books (the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament
[at Matthew 5:18 it says that Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, Till
heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the
law, till all be fulfilled."] and Koran), the sooner we can be free of the
twisted thinking and the pain and misery they promote (Veterans Today, 2012).
First International (American) Football Game In Israel
Date: May 16, 2012
Source: Israel National News
Abstract: Football in Israel over the past four years has acquired a distinctly American look, and now a new blue-and-white National Team will this week take on a team from the United States.
The Israel Football League's National Team is scheduled to take on the NCAA Division III Maranatha BaptistBible College Crusaders out of Wisconsin, USA, with the two teams meeting on the field this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Baptist Village in Petach Tikvah.
Tackle football in Israel actually got off the ground with an initial group of 25 Israeli athletes playing in the Tel Aviv Sportek.
But at this point the league, sponsored by its parent nonprofit American Football in Israel, features more than 600 players nationwide. AFI is the official government-recognized federation for American football in Israel.
In addition, the Kraft family (which backed the construction of Jerusalem's Kraft stadium) owns the (USA) National Football League's New England Patriots and has developed a strong partnership with the Israeli league. The family is helping to nurture and build the support in the Jewish State. AFI is a member of the International Federation of American Football (Israel National News, 2012).
U.S. Jewish NGOs To Get 97% Of Homeland Security's Defense Grant In 2012
Date: July 2, 2012
Abstract: Jewish non-profit organizations in the United States will receive 97 percent of the funds granted by the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year 2012, money which is aimed at dealing with security threats those institutions face.
In 2012, Jewish institutions in the U.S. will receive $9.7 million, or 97 percent of the funds intended for dealing with security threats, as part of the Vital Nonprofit Security Grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2009, when the white supremacist James W. von Brunn opened fire at the Washington Holocaust Museum, killing a guard, Jewish NGOs received over $9 million out of $15 million allocated to 227 non-profit organizations, aimed to "bolster the security of nonprofit institutions deemed by the Department of Homeland Security to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks."
In 2010, Jewish institutions received $15 million of the total sum of $19 million distributed by Homeland Security.
However, in recent years the budget has been shrinking, while the threat level has not changed, resulting in Jewish non-profits - community centers, schools, hospitals, synagogues and charities – primed to receive a record percentage of next year's non-profit funding.
"I'd gladly trade out threat level not to qualify for these grants," William Daroff, vice president for Public Policy of The Jewish Federations of North America told Haaretz.
in the largest urban areas can apply for these grants, and determinations are
made solely on the threat level Homeland Security officials assess each
Daroff explained that most of the funds are usually used for the purchase of closed circuit TVs, vehicle barriers and blast proof glass, while a small amount is designated for training.
"In the post-9/11 era it's clear that Jewish institutions are at an increased threat level, and we are briefed more often than we wish by the local and federal officials on potential threats," Daroff said, adding that the "threats are there, but it's always a struggle to ensure funds are there during these times of fiscal hardship, so the lobbying for them is a continuous process."
Kathy Manning, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America, noted that “the Department of Homeland Security has demonstrated a great commitment to protecting at-risk communities. These effective security grants are vital to the ongoing protection of deserving institutions, enabling us to work, worship, gather and learn without fear” (Haaretz, 2012).
NYPD Opens Branch In Israel
Date: September 5, 2012
Source: Al Monitor
Abstract: The New York Police Department opened its Israeli branch in the Sharon District Police headquarters in Kfar Saba. Charlie Ben-Naim, a former Israeli and veteran NYPD detective, was sent on this mission.
You don’t have to fly to New York to meet members of the police department considered to be the best in the world — all you have to do is make the short trip to the Kfar Saba police station in the Sharon, where the NYPD opened a local branch.
Behind the opening of the branch in the Holy Land is the NYPD decision that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact.
Ben-Naim was chosen for the mission of opening the NYPD branch in Israel. He is a veteran detective of the NYPD and a former Israeli who went to study in New York, married a local city resident and then joined the local police force. Among the things he has dealt with in the line of duty are the extradition of criminals, the transmitting of intelligence information and assistance in the location of missing persons, both in the United States and in Israel.
It was decided, in coordination with the Israeli police, that the New York representative would not operate out of the United States embassy but from a building of the Sharon District Police headquarters, situated close to the Kfar Sava station. The NYPD sign was even hung at the entrance to the district headquarters, and Ben-Naim’s office is situated on the first floor of the building. One of the walls bears the sign: “New York Police Department, the best police department in the world” (Al Monitor, 2012).
Soldiers Arrive In Israel For War Game
Date: October 18, 2012
Source: Press TV
Abstract: Some 1,000 US troops are expected to arrive in the Occupied Territories to take part in the largest ever joint military drill with Israel, while 2,500 more American forces would participate remotely from the US and Europe.
The American soldiers have already begun arriving in the Occupied Territories to join the drill, named as Austere Challenge 2012 (AC12), which is expected to begin towards the end of October or early November.
Craig Franklin, a top American officer, said the drill “is the largest exercise
in the history of the longstanding military relationship between the US and
Israel,” and will last for about “three weeks.”
Similar number of Israeli forces would reportedly take part in the joint exercise.
Franklin claimed that the military drill was not related to any developments in the Middle East. “While the scenario is driven by the overall situation in the Middle East, AC12 is not related to any specific current. AC12 is not related to national elections nor to any perceived tensions in the Middle East.event.”
Israeli and American soldiers will train on Israel’s Iron Dom missile defense system. Israel will deploy its upgraded Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile batteries for the first time while the US will bring its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System to Israel and install Patriot air defense systems as a security network.
The drill would be the sixth in a series of large-scale joint exercises between the two allies, and is estimated to cost USD38 million, with the US' share at USD30 million (Press TV, 2012).