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Juval Aviv’s exploits as an Israeli counterterrorism agent are widely believed to be the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film “Munich.” After wrapping up his career as a major in the Israel Defense Forces (and reportedly working for the secretive Mossad), Aviv launched a lucrative career as a security consultant and investigator.
His Interfor corporate intelligence firm was hired by Pan Am to investigate the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. After setting up shop in Manhattan, Aviv wrote Staying Safe, a book focusing on how individuals, business entities and families can protect themselves from criminals and terrorists.
In an interview with The Jewish Press, Aviv spoke of the security challenges facing the U.S.
The Jewish Press: Is it really possible to prevent an in-flight terrorist episode in the U.S., considering the size of many major American airports?
Aviv: I don’t believe it is possible to prevent an in-flight episode in the U.S. from ever happening. Terrorists will always be working on new ways to get around whatever security measures are put into place. However, as we have seen numerous times since 9/11, if someone does try something while a plane is in flight, the passengers will fight back, making it very difficult for terrorists to succeed even if they do manage to make it on board a plane with some sort of weapon.
Is another 9/11 or Detroit episode inevitable?
I don’t know about another 9/11, but another attempt to take down an airplane is very likely. Again, whether such an attempt would be successful is another question.
Why has profiling and other security measures worked so well at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, but not so well elsewhere?
The methods used by terrorists are constantly evolving. Many security measures that have been put into place since 9/11 in the U.S. and other countries were in response to specific threat scenarios. These scenarios may not occur again and terrorists will always be coming up with ways to work around whatever new measures are put into place. Also, some of the measures are often randomly and erratically enforced, because to do so for every person traveling through the airport would take too much time.
Behavioral profiling works [at Ben Gurion] because it looks for factors [other than what] an actual weapon or method of attack might be. Someone who is planning to kill a large number of people and probably themselves in the process is going to be nervous, highly agitated. There are certain behaviors that security personnel can be trained to recognize. Ultimately this will be more successful than forcing travelers to remove their shoes or randomly searching the carry-on luggage of old ladies.
Did the Israeli security firm hired at Amsterdam/Schipol Airport fail, or was it the entire system?
This was a systemic failure. There were many warning signs along the way that should have been picked up. The most simple was the fact that someone traveling from Yemen, a terrorism hot-spot, to the U.S. on a one way, cash-paid ticket with no checked baggage should have been thoroughly screened. Regardless of the warning from the suspect’s father, those factors were more than enough red flags to mark this person as a potential threat.
Do you agree with those who say U.S. Homeland Security is hopelessly flawed due to politics, rivalries and ineptness?
I think politics, rivalries and ineptness contribute to the flaws that currently plague U.S. Homeland Security, but I do not believe the situation is hopeless. The United States has had very few incidents of terrorism, either domestic or foreign in origin, in the entire history of the country. The situation this country is facing is relatively new. U.S. Homeland Security has a lot of catching up to do, but I believe they are doing many things right. Since 9/11 numerous terrorist threats have been discovered and stopped.
Will the growing number of Israeli hi-tech security start-ups turn Israel into a global security superpower?
I think Israel has a well-deserved reputation for security expertise and that any security firm coming out of Israel would automatically have a certain cach?. Israeli firms are at the forefront of new security technologies so the possibility of Israel becoming a superpower in the security industry is definitely a strong one.
How does your company assist American businesses, governments, etc.?
Interfor is a corporate intelligence and physical security consulting firm that provides investigative and security services for Fortune 500 companies, major law firms as well as state and federal agencies and international governments.
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National park status is, unfortunately, not an ironclad guarantee against Arab encroachment.
It’s been more than ten years since Parkinson’s moved into our home.
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JERUSALEM – A week after a massive pre-winter rain and snowstorm struck Israel, large portions of the country, including Jerusalem and its environs, are still struggling to return to normal daily life.
JERUSALEM – As the Iranians move closer to acquiring a nuclear bomb, an unprecedented meeting and a startling admission have buttressed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertions that President Obama’s Iran policy is alienating America’s Mideast allies.
JERUSALEM – For the first time since Israel’s founding in 1948, a high-ranking member of the Saudi royal family has publicly acknowledged that a country other than Israel is “the real danger” in the Middle East.
JERUSALEM – The public dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State John Kerry extends beyond the issue of Iranian nuclear compliance. Sources report that Netanyahu and Kerry have had several heated arguments behind closed doors about the course of America’s Middle East foreign policy as it relates to Iran, the peace process with the Palestinians, Hizbullah, Syria, and Hamas.
I love being in Jerusalem. The first time I visited the Holy City and the Western Wall I was filled with overwhelming joy. God is everywhere, but I feel his presence especially strongly in Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM – Despite prolonged diplomatic efforts by much of the international community to convince Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program, a prominent former member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), along with a respected think tank, have confirmed what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the U.S., EU and UN: Iran has essentially “passed the point of no return” and is only weeks away from assembling a nuclear weapon.
JERUSALEM – As of Tuesday afternoon, election experts in Israel were tabulating ballots cast by millions of citizens in major municipalities across the country. Orthodox and Anglo voters were expected to play influential roles in the Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh outcomes.
JERUSALEM – As the U.S., EU and UN restart negotiations with Iran to find a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Israel’s political and military policymakers heightened their rhetoric and increased their military preparedness this week. This strategy is meant to convince the world that Israel is prepared for any eventuality.
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