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Israel will showcase state-of the-art anti-terrorism technology it hopes to sell at a conference Sunday for North American homeland security officials.
Since 9/11, the US alone has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in homeland security.
Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, the foreign minister's deputy director-general, said the conference would bring together some 130 top-ranking homeland security officials from 37 US States and from Canada. The idea, he said, was to share the expertise Israel has gained in fighting terrorism, and also to spotlight the technology that Israeli firms have developed.
The four-day conference will include seminars by defense ministry and Israel's Security Agency (Shin Bet) officials, as well as talks by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra. There will also be demonstrations of how Israel is prepared to deal with different terrorist -related scenarios.
One of the major areas of interest, Ben-Sheetrit said, has to do with preparation for bio-chemical attacks.
In addition to the economic dimension, Ben-Sheetrit said Israel also hopes that, through this type of conference, it will develop close ties with individuals in the state governments who are very close to the governors. He said Israel is considering holding similar types of conference for other countries, and that this is just the "first shot" in these types of ventures.