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Iron Dome launching interceptor missile
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Muslim nations to attend Israeli weapons expo

Israel to showcase local firms, solutions to security ministers, officials from across the world in 'brand name homeland security conference'.

After its impressive performance throughout Operation Protective Edge, the Iron Dome missile defense system will be showcased front and center at the third Homeland Security convention to be held next week in Tel Aviv.



The large conference will be attended by dozens of defense, interior, and internal security ministers, 35 police chiefs, and the heads of intelligence agencies from across the world – including from certain countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.


The four-day convention was initiated and organized by the Israel Export Institute in cooperation with the economy ministry, foreign ministry, the defense ministry's International Defense Cooperation authority, the internal security ministry, the Israel Police, and the Prime Minister's Office's National Cyber Bureau.


IDF soldiers near Iron Dome battery during Gaza op (Photo: Reuters)
IDF soldiers near Iron Dome battery during Gaza op (Photo: Reuters)

The aim of the conference is to showcase Israeli capabilities in the central components of homeland security: intelligence, counter-terror and crime-prevention, crisis management and prep, infrastructure defense, and cyber-defense.


The exposition will be attended by 13 senior security ministers from India, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Spain, the Czech Republic, and six African nations. The heads of European foreign and domestic intelligence agencies are also expected as are several representatives from countries which do not maintain diplomatic ties with Israel, like Indonesia and Malaysia.


The visitors will hold arranged meetings with Israeli firms and tour a professional exposition where creative new security solutions from more than 90 companies will be on display.


Iron Dome battery (Photo: Defense Ministry)
Iron Dome battery (Photo: Defense Ministry)


Among the firms participating in the convention are internationally-recognized contractors like the Israeli Aerospace Industries, Rafael, and Elbit Systems, as well as lesser-known players in the industry like Verint, Magal Security Systems, X-Test, Mer Group Security Division, and others.


Governmental agencies like the internal security ministry, Israel Police, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Fire & Rescue Services will also showcase their latest wares.


The chairman of the Israel Export Institute, Ramzi Gabbay, said that in 2013 worldwide investments in homeland security totaled some $215 billion, though the figure is expected to reach $344 billion within the next eight years.


Honorary consul near Iron Dome battery (Photo: Shlomi Amsalam)
Honorary consul near Iron Dome battery (Photo: Shlomi Amsalam)


"The extent of Israeli firms' export in the sector stands at $1.2 billion. In recent years we have witnessed growth in the cyber-security sector due to the hundreds of start-ups which have provided creative, varied solutions. According to our estimates the Israeli cyber-export market reached $2.5 billion in 2013," said Gabbay.


"The aim of the exposition is to continue to establish Israel's position as a leading global brand in homeland security, both technologically and operationally, while emphasizing Israeli capabilities and experiences accrued through our coping with a plethora of threats," he added.


Jonathan Peled, the director of the economic unit in the foreign ministry, said that there was a special emphasis on opening up the Israeli firms to new markets, achieved by inviting new visitors from Africa.


"This conference has become a brand name globally in the homeland security sector," he noted.


פרסום ראשון: 11.07.14, 00:09
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