The conference will cover issues such as the roots of terrorism, radical Islam, dealing with the scene of an attack, evacuating mass casualties, home front preparedness, and more.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host a conference on homeland security from March 19-23 for some 130 senior American and Canadian security officials on state/province, regional, and large municipality levels. Participants are to include heads of state security, police, and rescue services. The conference is being held in cooperation with the ministries of Defense, Internal Security, Health, Industry/Trade/Labor, the Israel Security Agency, and the Israel Defense Forces.

The conference will cover issues such as the roots of terrorism, radical Islam, dealing with the scene of an attack, evacuating mass casualties, home front preparedness, and more. Participants will view demonstrations of Israel’s technological capabilities in the war against terrorism and will take part in a joint exercise of the Israel Police, Assaf Harofeh Hospital, and Magen David Adom.

The high awareness of the threat of terrorism in the United States, particularly since 9/11, and Israel’s capabilities in light of the experience accumulated during five decades of fighting terrorism, are the common denominators that have brought about this cooperative effort. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs views this conference as a launching pad for joint efforts among all bodies engaged in the war against terrorism, from actual counterterrorism combat techniques to the development of technical countermeasures.