The answer to school security is not gun control, but actual security. After harsh lessons, Israel developed a system that works.

FNC: “Shooting attacks on schools in Israel are rare and the Jewish state’s preventive security measures could be a helpful starting point for improved school security in the U.S. This comes at a time of public debate on how best to secure schools in the wake of the Texas school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead at the Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. That low figure can be explained by the multiple layers of security Israel employs and the engagement of civil society in aiding the nation’s law enforcement.

David Hazony, a writer, and commentator on Israeli and American affairs told Fox News Digital that the country ‘puts effort into identifying potential assailants through behavioral profiling.’ ”

Israel “invests heavily in monitoring profiles of people,” Hazony said. It has a “complex, multi-layered approach to security that uses intelligence networks to examine the acquisition of weapons and social media activity,” he said.

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Yigal Arbiv, who ran security at Tchernichovsky Junior High School in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya for 16 years, told press, “Everyone who goes into the school needs to go through a metal detector, like at an airport, and sign his name,” the expert said. “The school has one exit and one entrance… nobody comes to the school without the head of security knowing about it. We do not allow people not connected to school to come inside.”

Leading a campaign to bring armed volunteers to schools is Brig. Gen. (Res.) Amir Avivi, the founder and CEO of the Israel Defense and Security Forum. He told media that, “At every school in Israel you have a guard at the entrance monitoring people entering.

“We have seen terrorist attacks and the uprising of Arab society in Israel last year [during the 11-day war with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip],” said Avivi, who added the IDSF is recruiting volunteers to assist the Border Police and Police with school safety. “In one day, we recruited 500 people, half of the people needed.

“The Border Police felt it lacked marketing capabilities to reach volunteers. Our organization is active on social media, and they asked us to start a campaign to get volunteers,” Avivi said.

The IDSF is composed of “3,000 reserve officers and operatives from all branches of the Israeli security forces,” Avivi said. “We need something like 100,000 volunteers. Every journey starts with the first step. The prime minister is talking about 30,000. We think it needs to go faster. This is the discussion we are having with the government and the lessons from the riots last year should have been learned faster. We definitely need to reallocate more budgets to the Border Police and volunteers.

“They will be trained and equipped by Border Police officers and will operate in various areas, including in schools,” he said. The effort is an “example of how civil society can help government institutions provide security.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on May 28, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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