MK Avi Dichter (Likud), a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee for Cyber Security, met on Monday with a delegation of French parliamentary Committee members investigating the terror attacks which occurred in Paris on November 13, 2015.
The delegation, which includes members of the French National Assembly (the lower house of the bicameral Parliament of France) Georges Fenech (Committee Chairman), Sébastien Pietrasanta, Pierre Lellouche, François Dumas, Meyer Habib and David Comet, is currently on a visit to Israel is order to learn about the way in which the country is coping with terror threats.
”As someone who has been in the defense world for 45 years and lives 10 kilometers from Gaza, I completely understand the tough period that France is going through, but I also know that this difficult period is also an opportunity, and not merely something which [France] needs to be learn how to live with”, MK Dichter told the French parliament members, and added that ”there is a bottom to the terror barrel”.
During the meeting, MK Dichter presented a historical overview of the terror attacks against Israel, and explained how Israel has upgraded its security measures as a result of the attacks. ”Up until 1993 there were no suicide bombings in Israel. We thought that the Palestinians do not execute suicide bombings. When the terror attacks began, we understood that we must prepare for them differently, because it is hard to tell a suicide bomber”, said MK Dichter, who also spoke about the cyberterrorism threat and ways to cope with it.
After their meeting with MK Dichter, the members of the French delegation met with Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked (HaBayit HaYehudi).