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The flip side of ostentatious vigilance at Ben Gurion Airport

In continuation of the theme begun by Sergei Dole about what he happened to experience at Ben-Gurion’s Israeli airport, I would like to give a logical continuation. And ask a question – what is behind the phenomenal and paranoid vigilance in relation to tourists visiting Israel. Then there will be a lot of criticism of the Israeli GBists, but from an unexpected angle, to some extent “from the inside” of this system. Immediately I want to ask those who will be indignant (and there will be many such) that I once again encroach on the sacred cow – that is, the Israeli KGB. But the truth is more expensive, and I am convinced that the more often and cynical we hit the nail on the head, the more likely it is that the situation will begin to improve. And the second request to the “cursers” – I express my subjective opinion and my views, therefore I will not respond to rudeness, insults, attempts to threaten and frighten.

Impression number 1 – who is sitting on the Israeli passport control?
Everyone who visited Israel paid attention to the fact that girls in khaki uniforms were sitting at passport control. To the girls of 19-22, which cannot but cause some surprise, that people guarding the borders of a state that positions itself as an “island of democracy in a sea of ​​Arab terrorists” are sitting without the necessary education, life experience, and minimally established views. These girls are composed mostly (with very few exceptions) of military service in the Israeli border guard (Magaw), and, like any people called up for military service, they perform their work accordingly. They take a two-month course, then practice for some time, sitting on a chair behind a more experienced border guard. And then they boldly occupy the booth and take control of those entering Israel into their tender hands.

Biometry, more precisely, its absence
The work of girls is greatly aggravated by the lack of a biometrics institute in Israel, that is, because of the opposition of religious Jews, the country still cannot introduce biometric passports. For Israel, in a difficult environment in the context of terrorism, this is unbelievable, but true. Obviously, 90% of the doubts about the issue of identification would be eliminated by simply scanning your fingers, as it has long and successfully worked in the USA. But instead, 19-year-old girls are working as a scanner, trying to find out if you are impersonating from the standpoint of your youth and the short course “How to Catch a Spy”. As a result, the mass of time of border guards and the nerves of tourists is lost on absolutely unnecessary and mediocre interrogations with an addiction. Instead of interrogating 10 conditional people for identification, it would be enough just to enter biometrics, and 9 out of 10 “suspicious” people would immediately cease to be such.

I have Israeli citizenship (besides the other three), but almost every time I enter Israel, they ask me questions: “Where are you flying from?”, “What is your father’s name?”, “Why have you been away from Israel for such a long time?” ” Of course, the Israeli passports themselves, which are easily falsified, cause suspicions among the border guards, and everyone knows this very well. Somehow they asked me more questions than usual, and I suggested just silently and without unnecessary demagogy to scan my hand, especially since all the Israelis who served in the army went through this procedure. In response, they detained me and told me to wait. For about 15 minutes watchful Cerberus ran back and forth with my Israeli (!) Passport, then returned it to me and said that I could go. Scanning was never done, the meaning of throwing is an attempt to shove responsibility from one to the other.

Biometric card
At the beginning of 2000, a kind of biometric passport was introduced in Israel for those who wish. This is a card that contains the personal code of an Israeli citizen. The code is combined with fingerprints embedded in the database. Any Israeli who wants to avoid a long queue for passport control has the right to receive this card and cross the border bypassing the queue. she looks like this –
Biometric card
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There are special automatic machines where you hold a card, put your hand, and after 5-7 seconds a leaflet comes out of the machine with an inscription that you crossed the border. You take this piece of paper and go directly to board the plane. Before leaving the border control zone, you show a printed card to a sleepy girl in a khaki uniform. She nods and you go on a plane. Some time ago, such machines were introduced at all border crossings in Israel, including the borders with Egypt and Jordan. It would seem – great, is not it? And border guards are unloaded with work, and tourists.

Why does everything work through the backside?
I got this card in the 2000th year, but for the first time I used it only in the 2009th year. Why? The fact is that the Israeli police as a punishment for the fact that I go to the Arab countries canceled my card. And all these years I entered Israel through the usual passport control. No logic or common sense in annulled…

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