AuthorCruickshank, Paul

In this month's feature article, Matthew Levitt and Lauren von Thaden examine the recent heightened smuggling challenge at Israel's borders with Jordan and Egypt. They write: "The guns and drugs that are flowing into Israel are creating societal problems and public safety issues. The influx of weapons is also a major counterterrorism concern. Smuggled weapons have been a contributing factor to the surge of violence that has plagued the West Bank and Israel." Building on the assessments of Israeli, Jordanian, and Egyptian officials, their study draws on a dataset they compiled of "105 cases of identified, thwarted, or disrupted weapons or drug smuggling attempts into Israel from March 2021 through April 2023 across all of Israel's borders."

Our interview is with Ravi Satkalmi, the director of intelligence of the United States Capitol Police. He describes the post-January 6 security challenge as "fundamentally different than that posed by 9/11. The risk is fundamentally different when we're discussing this kind of normalization of political violence against each other--an erosion of our civic norms--rather than a terrorist organization seeking to launch an attack from overseas." He says that "our goal is essentially to be the premier intel shop for anti-government violence, full stop. We are sitting on a vast trove of threat information that's being sent to us by our members' offices and that we are finding on our own. And the key distinction here is...

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