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Ben-Gurion Airport still vulnerable (JERUSALEM POST) By NINA GILBERT 05/18/05)Source: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1116383131617 JERUSALEM POST JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Security gaps at Ben-Gurion Airport and IDF bases discovered almost a year ago have not yet been corrected, a Knesset investigative panel announced on Wednesday.

MK Ephraim Sneh (Labor), who lead the team that surveyed sensitive installations, said the faults at the airport still exist in a way that a "terrorist could get through to carry out a mega-attack."

The team noted that the Israel Airports Authority and the IDF have made plans to correct the problems.

However, no steps have been taken at sensitive infrastructure installations, such as the Haifa Port, Sneh said.

The update on security came a day after Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin warned that the threat on Israeli air travel was intensifying.

According to Diskin, the threat on Israel from world Islamic terror was overseas, and the targets were Israeli offices, tourists and especially the airline industry.

He added that the Shin Bet had thus far succeeded in blocking attempts by the world Jihad to infiltrate the area.

The world Jihad has been classified by the Shin Bet as fundamentalist groups that are loosely linked with al-Qaida. He attributed the Sinai bombings to an Egyptian affiliate.

The airline industry could also be at risk from anti-aircraft missiles.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, in his briefing to the cabinet some six weeks ago, said that Israel had passed on stern messages to the Palestinian Authority to confiscate shoulder-launched, Strella anti- aircraft missiles that were smuggled into Israel the previous week - with the assistance of the PA military intelligence - or else Israel will do the job itself. Herb Keinon contributed to this report (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem Post 05/18/05)


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