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      US Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano signed the Global Entry "trusted traveler program" with Israeli officials Sunday in Jerusalem.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 5/21/2012, 11:28 PM

      Top Israeli officials signed the Global Entry "trusted traveler program" with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Sunday in Jerusalem during a meeting with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

      The program allows Israelis who travel frequently to the United States to expedite processing upon entry to the country. It is a program similar to one that Israel has had in place at Ben Gurion International Airport for some time.

      Napolitano said the document was “part of the United States' strong and enduring partnership with Israel, dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of both our countries.”

      During her visit to the Jewish State, Napolitano also met in Jerusalem with a broad spectrum of national security officials.

      Among those from the defense establishment who spoke with the US Homeland Security chief were Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich, Israel Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino and National Cyber Security Bureau director Dr. Eviatar Matania.

      On Monday, she also delivered an address on her department's collaboration with international partners in their efforts to combat terrorism and facilitate trade and travel at Israel's Home Front Command and its International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.