Napolitano seeks Israeli input on cyber terrorism

May 20, 2012 15:16


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Cyber terrorism and how to combat is the main focus of her current visit to Israel Janet Napolitano, the US Secretary for Homeland Security told President Shimon Peres when they met at the King David Hotel on Sunday morning.

Escorted by a large entourage that included US Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, Napolitano came to the meeting immediately after signing an agreement with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman that added Israel to America's Global Entry program thereby expediting clearance for entry to the US for holders of Israeli passports.

Instead of waiting for an hour and a half for customs clearance at point of entry to the US, Napolitano explained to Peres, they will be whisked through in minutes.

While the signing of the agreement was an important part of her visit, even more important was getting Israeli input on how to combat cyber terrorism. The US relationship with Israel is "strong and robust" said Napolitano, citing various offices in her own department that interact with different Israelis ministries with multiple opportunities for cooperation on both sides. Scientists have been talking to their Israeli counterparts about explosives, she said.

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