Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States declared war on terrorism.
Such horrific acts are those which few Americans can forget, but sadly they’re similar to what a number of foreign countries are faced with every day.
The Counter-Terrorism in a Changing World Symposium in Austin addresses such concerns.
“It’s very troubling that you’re afraid of your kids to go on buses, afraid to go to malls or shops,” Israeli speaker Dr. Simon Perry said.
Israelis are no strangers to the stress of terror. They’ve been feeling it for years.
“The Israeli people grow up to think in the back of their heads someone is always out to harm them, so they are very careful,” Perry said.
Now, they’re using their experience to help the global war on terror.
In 2002, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) began bringing top Israeli law enforcement officers to select U.S. cities to talk with local law agents.
“I think that after suffering a lot of losses we found a lot of good strategies and tactics to deal with it,” Perry said.
JINSA’s Steven Pomerantz said the institute is all about leverage.
“JINSA’s goal in putting on this program is to leverage the Israeli experience for the benefit of American law enforcement,” he said.
Officers from across the state of Texas are attending the Law Enforcement Exchange Program.
More than 9,000 U.S. officers have participated.
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