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Israel Involved in Olympics Security Plan

Israeli security and intelligence services are playing key roles in planning for the 2004 Athens Olympics, Israeli and Greek officials said Friday. Fearing the international event could be a tempting target for terror attacks, Athens has budgeted more than $750 million on protecting the games. Greece also plans to deploy nearly 42,000 soldiers, police and other personnel. Israel is one of seven countries helping Greece prepare its security plan for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics. The others are the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Australia and Spain. A high level Israeli team, led by Israeli police chief Shlomo Aharonishky, visited Greece last month to help train the Greek forces, said Israeli police spokesman Gil Kleiman. Kleiman said security evaluations have identified Greece’s long coast line as a weak point, and Israel was also providing training for the Greek coast guard. Full Story

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