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U.S. counterterrorism experts visit Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A delegation of senior U.S. counterterrorism specialists visited the police command center in Tel Aviv.

The group of deputy chiefs, commanders, captains and senior intelligence analysts from American police departments — on a weeklong visit to Israel through Project Interchange — received an in-depth overview of the challenges that Israeli police encounter in dealing with terrorism.

The Americans met with Shachar Ayalon, commander of the Tel Aviv Regional Police, and Ilan Mor, its district commander, and had a guided tour of the central headquarters.

The program showcases Israeli technological and operational advances in counterterrorism tactics, as well as provides the U.S. specialists an opportunity to exchange information with their Israeli counterparts on best practices. Discussions also have included countering the financing of terror operations and organizations, cutting-edge counterterrorism technologies and airport security.

Project Interchange had a similar program in September for European counterterrorism experts.

The U.S. officials on the trip, which ends Oct. 23, are from New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and Montgomery County, Md.