After a significant rise in terror attacks in Britain this year, British security agencies are looking for different ways to prevent terrorism. One country that has unfortunately had to face the brunt of terrorism for decades is Israel. A British team is set to travel to Israel to learn from the Jewish state’s counter terrorism methods.
The British team is due to view Israel’s counter-terrorism methods, and see what they can adapt to implement in the UK. The UK has already started introducing physical barriers between roads and pedestrian areas, like those seen in Israel, to prevent car ramming attacks. The UK team will also be seeking advice on how to increase response times when it comes to dealing with an on-going terror attack.
Another area where Britain may be seeking Israeli help is the use of technology in fighting terrorism, an area where Israel is very advanced. Elbit, Israel’s leading defense electronics contractor, has a system called ‘Wise Intelligence Technology’, which uses social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to notify security services if a terror attack is underway.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu highlighted the use of technology in preventing terrorism when he tweeted a video of new technology from the Mossad. The technology comprised of contact lenses, which had automatic facial recognition. The video also announced state funding for start-ups seeking to develop new technologies which would be useful for intelligence operations.
In a world in which terrorism seems to be at the forefront of people’s minds at the moment, it is no wonder countries around the world are looking to Israel for help.
Contributed by Daniel Kosky, CAMERA Intern