Israel offers to share know-how on homeland security with PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2014 06:56 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2014 02:56 AM

MANILA - Israel is willing to share with the Philippines its knowledge on homeland security – considered one of the most sophisticated and innovative in the world.

“We are living in a very unhospitable environment which forced us to redress the challenges with the most sophisticated and innovative approach,” Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau said.

“Many years back, we exported $500 million worth of oranges and nothing of high technology. Today, we export almost $40 billion of high technology and still $500 million oranges.”

Israel is the world's sixth largest defense exporter. Its defense industry totaled $7.2 billion in exports in 2010.

Israel excels in the key sectors of intelligence; counter terror and law enforcement; cyber security; emergency preparedness and management; and critical infrastructure protection. Around 600 Israeli companies are engaged in the security sector, particularly in technologies and products, IT and software, and services.

Matityau explained that homeland security is all about innovations and policies, noting that the strategies can easily be accessed by the Philippines.

He said Israel is ready to share with the Philippines its unique expertise on the basis of the traditional friendship and commitment between the two nations.

The embassy held last week in Manila the Israel Homeland Security 2014 conference and exhibition.

In his keynote message, Matityau invited delegates to visit Israel for a “technological pilgrimage” to attend a conference in Tel Aviv from November 9 to 12, which is organized by the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute (IEICI).

The Israel Homeland Security 2014 is a biannual event that gathers local and global industries, together with a host of Israeli and international experts on homeland security.