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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 11, 2017 PAGE 11A Wall Can Israeli tech be Trump's solution for Mexico border security? The border fence between Israel and Egypt. By Adam Abrams JNS.org The Trump administra- tion has reportedly reached a new contract with the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems to implement advanced security systems on the U.S. border with Mexico, similar to the security tech- nology utilized along Israel's borders. According to reports that emerged last weekend in He- brew- and English-language Israeli media, an American delegation recently visited Israel to tour the country's borders with the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Delegation mem- bers were pitched on a "smart border" security concept to be implemented along the U.S.- Mexico border. The plan reportedly in- volves the construction of observation towers and the implementation of cutting- edge technology--including highly advanced sensors as well as monitoring and com- munications systems--to combat illegal border infiltra- tion from above and below ground. During his 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump lauded Israel's border security expertise when com= menting on his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "You could ask Israel about walls that work. Believe me, wallswork," Trump tolda rally in Atlanta in February 2016. After news reports on the border security contract surfaced, the Israeli company downplayed its role. An Israel-based represen- tative of Elbit Systems, who asked not to be named, told JNS.org, "Since [July 30], we have been receiving calls from various media outlets regard- ing a story about the Trump administration contracting Elbit for a new border security program. This is not true." "Elbit Systems of America was awarded [contracts for] two parts of the [U.S.-Mexico] border and what happened last week was that one of the parts was accepted by the customer," the representative added. "This is the only thing that happened... This is noth- ing new, It's not a new award, it's not a new contract.., it's an old story." The 3,360-mile-long border between the U.S. and Mexico crosses varying types of ter- rain-including, deserts, mountains and plains--and sees some 200,000 people cross illegally into America each year. Further, Mexican drug cartels net an estimated $19-$29 billion a year on narcotics smuggled into the U.S., often through dozens of underground tunnels beneath the border. The cartel tunnels run- ning beneath the U.S.-Mexico border are similar to tunnels dug by the Gaza-ruling Pal- estinian terror group Hamas under the border with Israel. Hamas's tunnels are used to smuggle weapons into Gaza and to launch attacks inside the Jewish state. The Israeli security fence along the border with the disputed territories has pre- vented many Palestinian ter- ror attacks inside Israel, while a fence constructed along the Israeli-Egyptian border in the Sinai desert has helped reduce the number of African mi- grants illegally entering the Jewish state. Israel has also started the construction of a $77 million fence along its border with Jordan. "President Trump is right, I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted in Janu- ary 2016, drawing ire from Mexico's foreign ministry. Under the purported new contract, Elbit's U.S. branch would implement its Inte- grated Fixed Tower (IFT) border security system along several-hundred miles of Arizona's border with Mexico, and the system would gradu- ally expand to other areas of the U.S.-Mexico border. Elbit Systems of America would also provide U.S. au- thorities with sophisticated surveillance equipment, in- cluding advanced radars and cameras fitted to sensor tow- ers situated along the border. The systems would provide border patrol agents with 24/7 surveillance capabilities and a cohesive view of the security scenario. According to a July 24 statement released by Elbit Systems of America, the first stages of the IFT system have already been constructed along the U.S.-Mexico bor- der. The system was reportedly approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in July and implemented in Douglas, Ariz., marking Elbit's "second successful deployment of the system, with the first occurring in the Nogales, Arizona," according to the Israeli company. "We achieved this impor- tant milestone by working closely with CBP and under- standing their agents' needs," stated Raanan Horowitz, CEO and president of Elbit Systems of America. 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Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7347 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-354-3660; www. jewishorlando.com; Shabbat services: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644- 2500; www.chabadorlando.org; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Fridayof the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 301 West State Road 434, Unit 319, Winter Springs, 407-830-7211; www.betchaim.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505; www. congbetham.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401 S.R. 200, Ocala, 352-237-8277; bethisraelocala.org; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692; www. bethsholomflorida.org; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650; www.ohevshalom.org; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@hotmail.com; services 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at Providence Independence of Wildwood. Congregation Shalom Aleiehem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064; www.shalomaleichem.com; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C), 5382 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation- sinai.org; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O), 8591 Banyan Blvd., Orlando; 347-456-6485; Shacharis- Shabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.--Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239- 5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:3O p.m.; Saturday, 9:3O a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813-324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; www. mytbs.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629 3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www.tiflorida.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; www. templeisraelofdeland.org; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.templeshalomcentralfl.org; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; www. shalomdeltona.org; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. 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