Mar. 23, 2016
After Brussels Attack, World Looks to Israel as Model for Airport Security – Vladimir Isachenkov and Vanessa Gera
With Brussels on lockdown and the French prime minister saying that Europe is “at war,” European leaders held emergency security meetings and deployed more police, explosives experts, sniffer dogs and plainclothes officers at key points. “The threat we are facing in Europe is about the same as what Israel faces,” said Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, an international security consultancy. “We have entered an era in which we are going to have to change our way of life and take security very seriously.”
Pini Schiff, a former security director at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, which is considered among the most secure in the world, said the attacks at the Brussels airport mark “a colossal failure” of Belgian security and that “the chances are very low” such a bombing could have happened in Israel. (AP)
What Europe Has to Learn from Israel on Security – Yossi Melman
There are 11 visible security and inspection points at Ben-Gurion Airport – from a roadblock at the airport entrance to the airplane gates. For decades, security experts from international airlines, police forces and security agencies have come here to learn Israeli know-how and doctrines. Unfortunately, this happens only after spectacular terrorist attacks, such as the 1988 Pan Am bombing and 9/11. It took Western democracies a while to reach the conclusion that human life is no less important than human rights.
According to media reports, Belgian authorities had advance warning about an “imminent terror attack.” Yet neither the country’s police nor its security forces increased their presence in the streets or deployed checkpoints at the entrances to the airport. (Jerusalem Post)