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Airport Security in Israel

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ben Gurion airport in Israel has not had a terrorism incident since 1972. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently visited Israel to assess their systems find out what makes them successful. Israeli security expert Rafi Sela joins us to outline the different approaches of airport security in Israel and the United States, and what the TSA can do to more effectively screen for terrorists.

Guests:

Rafi Sela

Comments [9]

Guess what, Amy from Manhattan... I'm Jewish and have been pulled aside for intensive questioning by security at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport too. So don't invent any phony non existent discrimination. Security at Ben Gurion is good precisely because no one is immune to it and it is applied without discrimination or exception based on race, color, creed or some stereotypical trait.

Jan. 18 2011 04:46 PM
dk from NYC

Guess what, Amy from Manhattan? I'm Jewish and have been pulled aside for intensive questioning by security at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport too. So don't invent any phony non existent discrimination. Security at Ben Gurion is good precisely because no one is immune to it and it is applied without discrimination or exception based on race, color, creed or some stereotypical trait.

Jan. 18 2011 04:40 PM
lulu

What do you expect from a military Zionist state?

Jan. 14 2011 04:56 PM
Yarkoni from Brooklyn

a notable difference is the intelligence (IQ) of the screener
the student screeners in Ben gurion are really sharp cookies.
we all have seen who is manning the check points in the US and we know that they are paid babckes
every time a government program is implemented tons of money gets "diverted" to cronies and officials
everywhere, not Just Afganistan ;)

Jan. 14 2011 01:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm involved in a Mideast dialogue group. I know people from Arab countries & American citizens w/Arab ancestry &/or Arabic names who say they've been pulled aside, held, & questioned for hours. I've known some of them for years & know they don't have the kind of intentions or behavior that would justify this kind of treatment. I certainly understand that Israel need to be very careful about airport/airplane security (I remember the terrorist attack in 1972), but the number of people in this small circle who've experienced this does suggest profiling.

Jan. 14 2011 01:25 PM
Jay F.

Why don't we have the Israeli system? Is it the politicians, the unions, etc.?

Jan. 14 2011 01:20 PM
E NYC

Listen to this guy, he isn't a Nazi, really just listen a little closer

Jan. 14 2011 01:12 PM
maggie from nyc

I was told Israel uses profiling as a big part of their security screening, a big no-no in this country. Is this true?

Jan. 14 2011 01:12 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I happened to have been in Israel back in '72 when the horrible airport massacre of some 26 Puerto Rican Christian pilgrims occurred at the hands of the Japanese Red Guard on behalf of the Palestinian terrorists. It was gruesome. The blood was all over. After that Israel got VERY serious about airport security.

Jan. 14 2011 01:03 PM

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