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Danger at the airport?
Photo: Sivan Farj

Airport still vulnerable?

Security shortcomings identified at Ben-Gurion International Airport have not been addressed

TEL AVIV - Two security gaps identified at Ben-Gurion International Airport about a year ago have not yet been addressed, the special Knesset committee tasked with examining strategic facilities across the country warns.


The committee, which last year publicized alarming conclusions regarding the state of security at the airport, visited the facility yet again - this time riding in the van of Knesset Member Omri Sharon, the prime minister’s son.


The latest examination revealed the sensitive facility remains vulnerable to a terror attack. The situation is apparently no better at the Haifa Port, where security shortcomings have also been neglected, the committee says.


IDF takes warnings seriously


Committee member Ephraim Sneh (Labor) says the committee sent the relevant ministers reminders regarding the security gaps back in October 2004, but to no avail.


“We returned to the same places with Omri’s van and found a mess and irresponsibility,” he said.


The only organization that is treating the committee’s conclusions with the seriousness they deserve appears to be the IDF, which initiated a thorough effort in a bid to boost security at its facilities.


Omri Sharon lauded the army’s effort and said the model adopted by the IDF should be imitated elsewhere.


On another front, the dangers associated with the transport of gas, fuel, and other hazardous materials have not yet been addressed either, the committee said.


פרסום ראשון: 05.18.05, 11:55
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