Air Force One lands at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, and for that 48 hours, Israel will be on a high state of alert, The Times of Israel reports. Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino met with his entire force on Sunday to go over security protocol.
“It is an operation on a national scale,” he told The Times of Israel.
The president’s visit to Israel — his first, ever — will kick off with a greeting on the tarmac with Israel’s president, prime minister, Cabinet, defense officials and other high-ranking dignitaries. The president will then board 12 Blackhawk helicopters to fly to Jerusalem. Mr. Obama’s land travels will be marked by dozens of security vehicles, ambulances and special force police cars.
“This is a huge security operation, in which thousands of police officers, Shin Bet agents and U.S. Secret Service agents will be participating,” a senior police officer said to Maariv news. “Success, as far as we’re concerned, means zero mistakes.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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