Counter Terrorism Bureau
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau was founded in March of 1996 following a wave of terror attacks, in accordance with Government Resolution B/20. Since then, the Counter-Terrorism Bureau has dealt with a long and diverse range of issues, some in accordance with directives issued by the Prime Minister, some initiated by the Bureau itself, some initiated by security bodies, government ministries, other parties in the market, and foreign organizations. In most of its activities, the Bureau functions as an inter-organizational coordinator improving the responses of civilian and security organizations in the fight against terror, by coordinating and addressing existing and future gaps.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau is headed by Mr. Eytan Ben-David.
Objective of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau will serve as a headquarters body for the Prime Minister, the government and its committees on matters of the fight against terror. It will constitute a coordinating and organizational body between all the bodies working in the field for the purpose of constant improvement of the national response to the various terror threats.
Functions of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau
  1. Leading the Information Combat Steering Committee
  2. Leading the Minister of Transportation's inter-ministerial team regarding foreign ships
  3. Tracking the bodies' fulfillment of relevant government decisions
  4. Representing Israel in the ESRIF forum
  5. Handling threatened Israelis abroad
  6. Operation of a mechanism for the research, development and assimilation of technologies to combat terror and protect the public
  7. Preparation and legislation regarding non-conventional terrorism
  8. Preparation and legislation regarding security at sea, on land and in the air
  9. Coordination, preparation, promotion and assimilation of projects regarding border crossings in Israel
  10. International cooperation regarding the fight against terror with parallel bodies abroad.
Current Status of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau
In December 2005, the Cabinet empowered the Counter-Terrorism Bureau to serve as the body coordinating the issue of the fight against terror. This means that the Counter-Terrorism Bureau is authorized to determine who will be responsible for a certain matter, what is the scope of this responsibility, and what are the mutual relations between the various parties. The Counter-Terrorism Bureau is engaged, among other tasks, in security issues (in Israel and abroad), terror infrastructure, creating an integrated picture of terror threats, publication of travel warnings, preparation of staff documents and position papers about terror-related issues and their derivatives, and promotion of collaboration in Counter-Terrorism Bureau issues with foreign countries.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau's fields of activity:
  • Intelligence – improving the manner in which the state deals with the threats of international Jihad, improving the integrative intelligence picture, dealing with threats of terror against Israelis abroad, research on suicide terrorists, and defining terror threat scenarios as a basis for setting the reference threat.
  • Security and protection in the sea, land and air – coordination and consulting in the field of sea and air travel in Israel and to Israel, improving the civilian security systems in the State of Israel.
  • Security and defense of sensitive infrastructure – improving the State of Israel's preparedness in the field of security and defense of sensitive infrastructure.
  • Non-conventional terror and mega-terror – improving response and coordination in issues related to non-conventional terror.
  • Collaboration – promoting international collaboration in the field of counter-terrorism.
  • Border crossings – improving and coordinating control and security checks at border crossings into Israel, in order to prevent hostile terror activities, and improve coordination and organization of land, air and sea crossing points.
  • Financial infrastructure – inter-organizational and international coordination in the financial battle against terror organizations.
  • Technology – improving the coordination and regulation of technology in the State of Israel for the development of technological means and capabilities to fight terror.
Activities of the Counter Terrorism Bureau