Hanging tough

A Discovery Channel show affords an inside peek at special police units around the world.

January 12, 2009 12:11
1 minute read.
border policeman magavnik holds gun 248.88

border policeman 248.88. (photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


With Israeli military operations getting denounced globally, it's nice to know that somebody out there recognizes and appreciates the difficult and complex job our fighting units face. Especially when that somebody is a former British SAS commando fighter-turned-author-and-TV-host. The Discovery Channel's series Elite Police (On YES, Channel 38), created by crack ex-commando Chris Ryan, has been focusing on special police units around the world. Each week during the eight-episode series, Ryan travels to another trouble spot and embeds himself with the special forces; he visits places like Brazil, Columbia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Episode six, which airs Monday night, finds Ryan riding with the Israeli Border Police as it tackles human trafficking and drug and weapon smuggling on the southern border. Filmed well before Operation Cast Lead began, the episode also takes a look inside the Border Police training methods - and even joined it for a drug bust. Ryan, who participated in numerous operations in Iraq, Libya and terror hubs in Africa during his years with the SAS - an elite special force within the British Army - spent a week training with the Border Police. He said he came to appreciate the difficulties of policing a country in which part of the population was hostile to the national police force. "By gaining unprecedented access to these brave police teams and their training regimes, I was able to get a glimpse in to their dangerous world and join them in their daily fight against serious crime," said Ryan, who left the SAS 11 years ago and went on to become a successful author.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys