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Israel Leads The Way In School Security

We could learn a thing or two.

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The answer to school security is not gun control, but actual security. After harsh lessons, Israel developed a system that works.

FNC: “Shooting attacks on schools in Israel are rare and the Jewish state’s preventive security measures could be a helpful starting point for improved school security in the U.S. This comes at a time of public debate on how best to secure schools in the wake of the Texas school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead at the Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. That low figure can be explained by the multiple layers of security Israel employs and the engagement of civil society in aiding the nation’s law enforcement.

David Hazony, a writer, and commentator on Israeli and American affairs told Fox News Digital that the country ‘puts effort into identifying potential assailants through behavioral profiling.’ ”

Israel “invests heavily in monitoring profiles of people,” Hazony said. It has a “complex, multi-layered approach to security that uses intelligence networks to examine the acquisition of weapons and social media activity,” he said.

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Yigal Arbiv, who ran security at Tchernichovsky Junior High School in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya for 16 years, told press, “Everyone who goes into the school needs to go through a metal detector, like at an airport, and sign his name,” the expert said. “The school has one exit and one entrance… nobody comes to the school without the head of security knowing about it. We do not allow people not connected to school to come inside.”

Leading a campaign to bring armed volunteers to schools is Brig. Gen. (Res.) Amir Avivi, the founder and CEO of the Israel Defense and Security Forum. He told media that, “At every school in Israel you have a guard at the entrance monitoring people entering.

“We have seen terrorist attacks and the uprising of Arab society in Israel last year [during the 11-day war with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip],” said Avivi, who added the IDSF is recruiting volunteers to assist the Border Police and Police with school safety. “In one day, we recruited 500 people, half of the people needed.

“The Border Police felt it lacked marketing capabilities to reach volunteers. Our organization is active on social media, and they asked us to start a campaign to get volunteers,” Avivi said.

The IDSF is composed of “3,000 reserve officers and operatives from all branches of the Israeli security forces,” Avivi said. “We need something like 100,000 volunteers. Every journey starts with the first step. The prime minister is talking about 30,000. We think it needs to go faster. This is the discussion we are having with the government and the lessons from the riots last year should have been learned faster. We definitely need to reallocate more budgets to the Border Police and volunteers.

“They will be trained and equipped by Border Police officers and will operate in various areas, including in schools,” he said. The effort is an “example of how civil society can help government institutions provide security.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Adapt & adopt in the US for schools in need

CARL
CARL
1 month ago

Perhaps the $$$$ that the U.S. sends to Israel could be better used here to install the security that Israeli students enjoy.

Pearl
Pearl
1 month ago
Reply to  CARL

I’d rather our money not be sent to China and Iran. They hate us.

HdEnough
HdEnough
1 month ago
Reply to  CARL

That’s all we hear. Stop sending money here and there, how about we just stop the spending on pork projects, covid relief funds to bail out Democrat States, funding Illegal Immigration and paying people to not work. If we took that money and put it into a School protection program and take the money the Democrat Party gives to the Teachers Unions & all the other Union based funding, we would have enough money to fund School security. We need to instill into our kids the morals of this country not the corruption and immoral teaching of CRT and Racism and division our so called Teachers are peddling. There is lots to be done and it starts with getting rid of socialistic communists that make up the Democrat Party in November.

j. b.
j. b.
1 month ago
Reply to  CARL

Especially given that they do not need it, do not use all of it, and use these welfare funds to Bribe our American politicians here at home via ” campaign contributions” using our OWN money for own demise.
Quite deceiving of the Israeli’s …

Last edited 1 month ago by j. b.
Rudy
Rudy
1 month ago

It would probably help a lot if schools in the US would use some common sense and LOCK THE FREAKING SCHOOL DOORS!!! If a shooter can’t get in he can’t shoot up an entire classroom.

martin
martin
1 month ago

not that long ago, schools said “we don’t have the resources to stop bullies” now, if a kid points to another kid and says “bang” we suddenly have enough resources to lock down the school, have swat show up, and 10 people to counsel the other kids. if parents are so afraid for their kids safety now, suddenly, they need to have the school outline their safety plans NOW. then do fund raisers, if necessary to fill in the gaps.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

School Security ideas:
o Armed staffers
o ID for students
o Vet vendors
o One way entry
o Red Flag Guide to ID suspect students, others
o ManTrap Zones
o Safe Room Zones
o sensors
o fencing
o roving patrol FT
ALL schools nationwide

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Sara
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Last edited 1 month ago by Sara