Four guns stolen from bag of Binyamin Netanyahu’s bodyguards

July 7, 2010

A suitcase containing four Glock 9mm handguns belonging to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s security detail was stolen from his chartered El Al aircraft after it landed at JFK airport, New York, Deka files reports on Wednesday.

The bag was supposed to be on a flight to Washington, where Netanyahu met President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday, July 6. It was discovered later at Los Angeles international airport, but the guns were missing.

The suitcase is reported to have been stolen when American Airlines workers at JFK lost it. Authorities are investigating whether the handguns were removed in New York or Los Angeles.

The website said that the incident is seen as a serious security lapse on the party of Israeli and American security officials.

 As soon as the theft was discovered, extra security measures were set up around Netanyahu, his party and his aircraft.  US authorities began checking airports and turned up the missing suitcase at Los Angeles, but it was empty and wiped clean of fingerprints.

The investigation now seeks to find out how the thieves obtained access to the luggage of the Netanyahu party, knew which bag to steal and were able to spirit it out of JFK when the unloading should have been closely supervised by the Israeli security unit.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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