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Israel eyes extra security for foreign minister who lives in West Bank

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israeli Settlements, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Security sources said the intelligence community has concluded that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would become a target of such groups as Hamas, Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad. The sources said Lieberman’s statements, regarded by Arabs as provocative, as well as his residency in the West Bank would garner assassination attempts.

“The fact that he lives in the West Bank makes him a much easier target than say if he lived in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem,” a security source said.

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All private flights to Israel to now require anti-hijacking system

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 1, 2009

The announcement comes two weeks after the European Union notified the Transportation Ministry that it would not downgrade the aviation security rating of Israeli airlines.

European aviation authorities announced in February that they were stepping up the safety tests for Israeli air companies. At the time, the international organization monitoring scheduled flights warned that Israeli airlines would soon be forbidden to land in Europe or even to over-fly the continent.

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