Ben-Gurion Airport still vulnerable (JERUSALEM POST) By NINA GILBERT 05/18/05)
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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
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
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