Dichter, Ayalon to advise US on security

Sunday, October 15, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter (photo) will address a law enforcement conference in the US and will share from his experience both in law enforcement and in fighting terrorism. He will be joined by MK Ami Ayalon who will also speak at the conference.

The two officials, both former heads of the Shin Bet, will speak in front of an estimated 10,000 attendees of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference held in Boston. Dichter will participate in a panel which includes US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and FBI director Robert Mueller.

In addition to the conference, Dichter will also hold official meetings with top US security and law enforcement officials such as FBI director Robert Mueller, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, Drug Enforcement Agency administrator Karen Tandy and Frances Townsend, Homeland Security adviser to US President George W. Bush.

In preparation for his visit to the US, Dichter spoke about the relationship between Israel and the US on the issue of sharing information regarding terrorism and homeland security. Dichter said that "Israel is a laboratory for learning how to defend citizens because we face threats every day. The US doesn't have to pay with American blood. They can learn from what we have learned here."

In addition to the conference, Dichter will also address the Brookings Forum in Washington, part of the Brookings Institute, where he spent nine months after he left his position in the Shin Bet and prior to turning to politics.

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