LONGMEADOW, MA – EJ Kimball, a Longmeadow native, met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a recent trip to Israel.
Kimball is the president of EJK Strategies, a national consulting group specializing in government relations and strategic alliances. The trip was sponsored by Advanced Security Training Institute, which takes first responders from the U.S. to Israel on week-long trips to learn about security and responding to terror attacks.
The trip to Israel included briefings and site visits to the port of Ashdod, the Cyber Terrorism center in Beersheva, an Israeli training facility that simulates the tunnel system used by Hamas in Gaza to carry out attacks and training for urban warfare. The group explored the borders with Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as the Kalandia checkpoint. They also met with the Jerusalem Bomb Disposal Unit and Fire Department as well to learn methods used before, during, and after a terrorist attack.
Kimball accompanied Congressman Trent Franks (R-Arizona) on the trip to help him gain a greater understanding of the security needs within the United States so he can be more effective in his work in Congress.
“My biggest takeaway from this trip is to be proactive in responding to terror attacks,” said Kimball upon his return. “Jihadi groups are looking for wide spread media attention to instill fear into the population. They do not tend to duplicate attacks. We need to prepare for the next iteration of attacks, not focusing primarily on stopping a repeat attack. Jihadi groups are looking for the ‘wow’ factor, when carrying out an attack. They tend to use Asia and Europe as testing grounds for new methods and we need to look over there to anticipate what will come next to the United States.”
During his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Kimball discussed the issue of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and the need to create a new paradigm towards resolving the conflict.
Kimball graduated Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in 1993 and then attended Longmeadow High School. He received his Undergraduate degree from Boston University in Political Science, JD from Western New England College, MA degree in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service. EJ Kimball also has a diploma in Islamic Studies from the Fanar, Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, with a focus on Islamic Law as understood by Salafists.