UK - We Can Learn from Israel’s Counterterrorism Operations

Arno Froese

England can learn from Israel about how to deal with terrorism, according to UK counter-terrorism official Jonathan Hall.

Hall has a unique position in which the law authorizes him, as an independent actor, to be exposed to all of England’s classified information regarding counter-terrorism in order to evaluate how the system as a whole is functioning.

During a visit to Israel, he discussed the question of defining “who is a terrorist” at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) conference, as well as at meetings with Israeli government officials.

Hall told The Jerusalem Post that “there is no equivalent in Israel. Most countries do not have” a position like his in which an official is granted complete access to top secret material, but is beyond any chain of command that might limit what he can tell the public.

Hall said that Israel’s new terrorism law expanded how to define terrorism and those who support terrorism in many creative ways that England is keeping an eye on.

A big question in the new age of terrorists using technology and a variety of clever fund-raising techniques is whether Israel’s or England’s laws are keeping up with these new tactics.

The UK official specifically noted Israel’s designation of certain Islamic charities as providing aid to terrorist groups when they wear two “hats,” and one of the hats is to launder terrorist funds.

In addition, Hall said that “all terrorism laws depend heavily on the good motives of the security services and prosecutors.”

He said that Israel gives “huge discretion” to these officials about when to apply the new terrorism law to new groups and when to show more restraint.

In more recent years, said Hall, the UK has been more aggressive about arresting those who glorify terrorism in a way that seems to call for people to emulate terrorists., 26 November 2019

Arno's commentary

What become evident is that Israel’s amazing technology and gathering of information is second to none. Doubtless, the UK can benefit greatly from Israel’s intellectual property in regard to fighting terrorism.

Although the UK is considered one of the most peaceful countries in Europe, preparation for new and different types of terrorism is always recommended. The Peace Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace rates Iceland as the safest country, and adds: “The Global Peace Index measures levels of safety and security in a society, along with the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization. Europe, which is the most peaceful region in the world, is home to 17 of the 25 most peaceful countries and the only European nation to be considered among the most dangerous is Turkey—the 152nd safest in the world.”

At this point, we want to emphasize that real peace will not be implemented until the Prince of Peace comes to Israel, and from there rules planet earth.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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