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Why U.S. won't do as Israel does

Many people have pointed to Israel's airline security as confirmation that the United States has lost its way on the issue. But, as Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus noted, "the Israeli approach is an alluring mirage that would not withstand transplantation. Israel has two airports and 50 flights a day. It conducts intrusive background checks and questions passengers extensively. The process can take hours." Her Post colleague Dana Milbank figured the cost of replicating Israel's screening system at $40 billion more a year. He wrote: "Implementing the Israeli model also would amount to a massive government jobs program — just the sort of junk conservatives said they wouldn't touch."