The Israel Model

Homeland security had hardly existed as an industry in Israel before 2001. But since 9/11, business is booming. In 2016 alone, the export of Israeli security products and services amounted to $7.5 billion, or 14% of Israel’s total exports.

‘State of Alert, Israel Style’ (film still).

Many an innovative weapon and security device got its start in Israel. But as I travelled through the country to make the documentary State of Alert, Israel Style for VPRO Backlight, I saw what Israel is exporting along with its security industry — a mentality of conflict and fear.

This article is part of Security for Sale – investigative reporting by De Correspondent on Europe’s security industry in partnership with 22 journalists from 11 European countries. Security for Sale is made possible by

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Text By
Nirit Peled
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De Correspondent
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Simon van melick
Editorial Team
Maaike Goslinga, Dimitri Tokmetzis