IDF Ingenuity Helping to Secure a Post 9/11 World

Today, Israelis and Americans mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks—a turning point for both Israel, America and the international community.

IDF soldiers at official Israeli memorial ceremony 9/11

IDF soldiers at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, Israel. Photo: Deputy FM Danny Ayalon.

Danny’s Act of Heroism

On September 11, 2001 at 8:46 AM, terrorists slammed the first plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Flying aboard American Airlines Flight 11 was 31-year-old Daniel Lewin—the first 9/11 victim.

Daniel Lewin

Daniel Lewin, 31, was the first 9/11 victim.

Raised in Jerusalem to US immigrants, Lewin was a veteran of an elite counterterrorism unit of the Israel Defense Forces. The 9/11 Commission believes that Lewin battled the terrorists in an attempt to prevent the hijacking.

Lewin left behind a wife and children, and a successful Internet business which he co-founded. Before 9/11, Akamai Technologies Inc. had turned Lewin into a millionaire. After 9/11, he inspired Akamai’s continued success.

Slideshow: IDF Navigates the Long Road in Fighting Terrorism

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The last ten years have seen a drastic change in the international community’s response to terrorism. While 9/11 left the world a less safe place, Israeli security forces and its military counterparts are committed to preventing terrorists from advancing their goals and ideology. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues to play a leading role in fighting threats from Islamic extremists, assisting the United States and other countries in their war on terrorism.

The wave of terrorist attacks that began in the early-2000’s and killed thousands of Israelis was curbed by Israeli counterterrorism operations: Israeli security forces targeted terrorists responsible for heinous terror attacks against Israelis. The IDF continue to take steps in Judea and Samaria and Gaza to prevent terrorist attacks against Israelis.

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