Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (Austrian People’s Party, ÖVP) is due to travel to Israel on Wednesday. Nehammer is due to meet with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem, with whom he will visit the Knesset. After this, he will meet with his Israeli counterpart Ayelet Shaked and Minister for Public Security Omer Bar-Lev.
A main topic of discussion is expected to be cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Israel has a great deal of expertise in fighting international terrorism and is an important strategic partner for Austria, Nehammer said. “This partnership should continue to be deepened.”
Last week, Austria held memorials for victims of last year’s terror attack, in which a lone gunman killed four and severely injured a police officer. Since then, reforms were instituted to improve communication between security and defense authorities, and Austria deepened cooperation with other countries on the issue of “political Islam”.
Nehammer’s agenda is also expected to include discussions around effective border protection and the fight against illegal immigration. The Austrian minister is also hoping for advice from Israel in this sector, as Israel is also affected by illegal immigration from Arab countries, he said the statement.
On Wednesday afternoon, Nehammer will meet with Holocaust survivors. On Thursday, he will visit the Holocaust commemoration site Yad Vashem, and then the security authority, Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), which protects cyberspace. Interior Minister Nehammer is also expected to visit a training site for the domestic secret service Shin Bet.
The current Austrian government has strengthened ties with Israel, first under longstanding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and now to the government led by Naftali Bennett.
Reported in cooperation with the Austrian Press Agency / APA.