Montgomery County Prothonotary Mark Levy, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region’s office, hosted a private discussion on counter terrorism. Dr. Jonathan Fine, an expert in Counter Terrorism with the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzlyzia was the guest speaker.
Prothonotary Levy was pleased to invite a variety of County and local officials including, but not limited to, Commissioner Bruce Castor, Sherriff Eileen Behr, Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet, Plymouth Police Chief Joseph Lawrence, Whitemarsh Police Chief Michael Beatty, Jury Commissioner JoAnn Olszewski and Kevin Steele from the District Attorney’s office. Discussion with Dr. Fine revolved around how the effects of terrorism awareness can aid residents of Montgomery County.
Dr. Fine and the group conversed about differences in gun control in Israel and the United States, the intricacies of relationships between terrorist activity in Israel and violent shooting sprees in the United States and how understanding these terrorist activities can better ready ourselves and our County to deter these actions. His expertise in arms control, conflict resolution and counter terrorism was well received by all the attendees.
The Consulate General’s office is engaged in ongoing discussions with U. S. elected officials to develop future partnerships and outreach between local governments and the Consulate General of Israel. Today’s event was facilitated between Robin Schatz of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Prothonotary Mark Levy.