LAX boosts security with help of Israeli experts

Thursday, October 26, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
With the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) a number one target for a terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda, a team of security experts from Israel’s Shin Bet (Israel secret services) and Ben Gurion International Airport experts visited L.A. to make recommendations for improving airport security.

In the midst of recommendations, the Shin Bet found a number of holes and offered at least six suggestions of how to beef up and be more efficient in security endeavors, yet details would not be released for security reasons.

It was Los Angeles City Council member Jack Weiss who suggested the joint initiative after participating in a Homeland Security conference held by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. In conjunction with the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, arrangements were made for Israeli experts to examine LAX airport security.

Israeli airport security is recognized throughout the world for its effective standards, which may seem affirmative and forceful, but have kept terrorists from infiltrating.

“These people are very open about the fact that they're always re-evaluating their own systems,” Weiss said. They “are trained to truly think like terrorists, and the fact that we have the best minds available helping LAX officials to do that will make us more safe.”

LAX is willing to boost security, which will cost $500 million, but the President of the Los Angeles Airport Board of Airport Commissioners Alan Rothenberg said the investment would help facilitate sophisticated technological developments.

“It's unprecedented to see a team from Israel and a team from the United States sitting down together and sharing knowledge,” said Ehud Danoch, the consul general of Israel in Los Angeles.

Danoch's deputy, Yaron Gamburg, said the visit signifies a new stage of cooperation in Homeland Security with the US.

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