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Thursday, 24 June 2004

Safe as the Middle East

It is reported that, in the light of the security concerns over the Olympics 2004 (being held in Athens), Israel will be taking a prominent role in assisting with the security arrangements.

The reports indicate that even the Israeli navy may be deployed in Greek coastal waters, in order to deal with "suspicious" ships.

The cost of the security operation for the Olympics 2004, is currently estimated to be around $1.2BN.

In addition to the navy, Israeli intelligence and private Israeli firms will be on hand to provide expertise, training and equipment.

It seems that had Greece not agreed to receive this assistance, Israel may well have boycotted the Olympics 2004; as they perceived the original security arrangements to be dreadful.

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