This is a segment taken from the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership that deals with “Defence and Security”. http://www.international.gc.ca/name-anmo/canada_israel_MOU-prot_ent_canada_israel.aspx?lang=eng
Memorandum of Understanding
Recognizing that both Canada and Israel seek the right to live in peace, with security, as members of the international community, Canada and Israel are committed to ensure this reality,
Sharing a deep commitment to defend freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law and standing together to jointly protect these common values through their renewed and strengthened partnership,
Pledging to strengthen their defence and security cooperation by continuing to fully implement existing security initiatives and by intending to enhance information and intelligence sharing while seeking new opportunities to fulfill their shared vision of safe and secure societies,
Furthering their shared commitment of greater peace and security, guided by the principles of openness, cooperation, and partnership and working together with the deepest respect for each other’s unique contributions to the relationship,
Canada and Israel will base the scope of their activities for this deeper defence and security relationship on the following seven themes:
A. Increased Security Discussions between Relevant Ministries and Departments: Recognizing that frequent exchanges enable them to share information and build a common understanding of the threats they are facing, they have met frequently for talks on a wide range of issues, which has helped greatly in establishing a strong and open security and defence relationship.
To further benefit from this relationship, Canada and Israel will hold:
- Annual consultations between senior officials leading to the G8 Foreign Ministerial;
- Quarterly teleconferences between senior officials to inform on recent developments; and,
- Exchange of information assessments.
B. Broader Defence Relations: Recognizing the signature by the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Israeli Ministry of Defence of the Principal Memorandum of Understanding (PMOU) on January 10, 2011 as a milestone in their defence relations, resulting in a significant increase in defence ties,
Wishing to further the improvements to the defence relationship which have already been accomplished since the signing of the PMOU and other arrangements,
Canada and Israel will:
- Maintain the frequency of high-level visits, including regular meetings at the political level;
- Conduct annual senior level Strategic Defence Policy Dialogues;
- Maintain Military Attaché Offices in their respective countries which are appropriate and reflect increased defence relations;
- Establish a high-level military-to-military working group to formalize and inform military-to-military relations and cooperation;
- Conduct port visits;
- Regularize joint training opportunities including participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises of regular and special operation forces;
- Increase Research and Development (R & D), defence material cooperation, and defence procurement opportunities.
C. Strengthened Counter-Terrorism Collaboration: Recognizing the threat that terrorism poses and wishing to protect their citizens against those who desire to attack their democratic societies,
Canada and Israel will strengthen counter-terrorism collaboration by:
- Strengthening diplomatic cooperation aimed at countering and denouncing terrorist organizations, particularly those operating in the Middle East;
- Strengthening cooperation on the designation of terror organizations with an emphasis on extremist forces that operate in the Middle East and globally.
- Deepening cooperation aimed at monitoring and countering trends of radicalization leading to violence by global movements including the threat posed by travel for terrorist purposes;
- Conducting bi-annual Counter Terrorism Consultations with Senior Officials to address shared terrorism threats and avenues for cooperation, including advocacy, engagement and programming;
- Coordinating and cooperating in multilateral frameworks and enhancing common goals and interests through active participation in their initiatives related to the global fight against terrorism;
- Enhancing intelligence sharing, as appropriate;
- Seeking opportunities to work together with third countries to provide capacity building in order to contribute to their overall security; and,
- Supporting the efforts to prevent arms smuggling aimed to supply terrorist organizations.
D. Advance Regional Security and Middle East Peace:
Canada and Israel will work toward greater regional stability and security and in supporting Middle East Peace efforts by:
- Continuing to support targeted development assistance and training opportunities relevant for the institutions of the Palestinian Authority.
E. Enhanced Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Understanding that information sharing and cooperation on public safety issues and emergency preparedness is well entrenched between them and that it continues to grow,
Recognizing further that Public Safety Canada and the agencies under its portfolio have excellent relations with Israel’s Ministry of Public Security and other partner agencies (such as the Ministry of Home Front Defence), particularly in the context of the 2008 Canada-Israel Declaration of Intent, which prioritizes broad areas for ongoing cooperation, including Critical Infrastructure Protection; Correctional Services and Prisons; Law Enforcement Cooperation; Border Management and Security; Emergency Management; and Crime Prevention.
Taking into account the 2008 Canada-Israel Declaration of Intent, Canada and Israel will:
- Meet annually to discuss mutual priorities which would benefit them;
- Explore and identify key public safety and emergency preparedness matters of mutual interest;
- Continue the exchange of best practices and lessons learned;
- Develop and deliver joint projects to improve the safety and security of their citizens; and,
- Explore opportunities to provide capacity building assistance to third countries to manage their public safety issues.
F. Cyber Security: Recognizing that malicious cyber activity can undermine the significant economic and social benefits that accompany the growth of cyberspace and technological innovation,
Canada and Israel will:
- Exchange information on national cyber security policies and best practices to strengthen their respective cyber security;
- Continue operational collaboration on a case by case basis between their respective national computer security incident response team, the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Center in Canada and CERTGOV in Israel; and,
- Conduct officials and expert visits to promote cooperation between their respective organizations with cyber security responsibilities.