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Securing Israel: Lessons Learned From a Nation Under Constant Threat of Attack   [open pdf - 2MB]

Alternate Title: Securing Israel: Lessons Learned From a Nation Under Constant Threat of Attack, Majority Staff Report of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, February 1, 2017

"For decades, the Israelis have lived with a persistent threat of terrorist attacks. Israel is slightly larger in size than the state of New Jersey and surrounded by potential adversaries in the Middle East. Securing its borders and transportation systems is a matter of life and death. […] In December, Chairman Ron Johnson traveled to Israel to meet with top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as soldiers and others on the front lines of Israeli security defenses to discuss Israel's approach to border security, aviation security, and cybersecurity. This staff report presents the findings of that trip. […] This report highlights the characteristics of the fencing Israel has constructed to secure its nation, including the Nitzana Security Fence along its 143-mile border with Egypt and the West Bank Barrier in East Jerusalem. Israel has also taken significant steps to protect its air, land, and sea ports, allowing people and goods in while keeping threats out. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport has become one of the fastest growing and most secure airports in the world, with controls in place to check all passengers entering the airport through air, rail, and car. This report will highlight these security procedures. The report also discusses Israel's approach to cybersecurity. […] The findings presented in this staff report offer potential lessons for the United States to study in improving its homeland security in response to the ever-evolving threats facing our country."

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2017-02-01
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U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/
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