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London’s Mayor reveals that he sought advice from Israel's expertise on how to fight urban terrorism
15.06.2017, Israel and the World
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed that he sought advice from Israel on how to fight urban terrorism in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Manchester and in the British capital.
In an interview with The Jewish News, Khan, who is Muslim, said that both his office and Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of national counter-terrorism policing, have been in touch with Israeli officials.
“My office has been in contact with not only Tel Aviv but other places as well,” he said.
Mr. Khan acknowledged both he and his colleagues had learned “lots of things, things like putting in place the barriers we have done in London. There are other things and we are using the advice we receive,’’ he said.
“Just like the terrorists evolve, we have to find new ways to protect ourselves,” he added.
The U.K. has not only received assistance from Israel in security but in disaster relief and recovery. Following last month’s suicide bombing attack during a pop concert in Manchester, in which 22 people were killed, Israeli trauma experts flew to the city to offer their expert aid in counseling terror victims. They also trained dozens of British mental health professionals in providing trauma care.
Israel has years of experience dealing with terrorism. Although in recent months the frequency of attacks has slowed, 47 people have been killed by stabbings, shootings and car rammings in a wave of Palestinian terror attacks since October 2015.