Once again, in fear of naming an actual enemy, “terror” is anthropomorphized. Can’t blame the Indians for being subtle, though, considering Pakistan has already evoked nukes. “India to take tips from Israel on tackling terror,” from the Times of India, December 5 :
New Delhi: A known ‘softie’, India, could now take some tips from the battle-hardy Israel to tackle the rising menace of aviation security threat.
Hah! And you thought it was going to say “rising menace of radical Islam,” or some such thing. “Known softie” indeed.
Earlier this week, this issue featured at a joint working group of India and Israel to discuss counter-terror strategies. Israel is learnt to have offered help in combating civil aviation-related terror.
Since the west Asian country has been able to operate almost foolproof operations from its Tel Aviv airport despite being surrounded by hostile neighbours all around its limited airspace, India could do well to take lessons from it.
An Indian senior aviation official said Israel had four main reasons because of which its airline and airport remain foolproof. “They rely majorly on gathering ground intelligence that can nip in the bud any nefarious plan of a terror group to attack their aviation industry. They have a strict no entry into cockpit policy and deploy highly specialised sky marshals. Their crew is trained to handle such situations,” he said.