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March 19th, 2014
12:04 AM ET

Flight 370 puts Israel on high alert: "Israel has close to zero margin for error in countering and protecting itself against a hijacked airplane"

A dozen days into the investigation surrounding missing Flight 370, there are far more questions than there are answers.

However, among the possible theories exists the notion that the aircraft may have been hijacked, with a plan to be used in a terrorist attack.

Among the many nations that could be potential targets within such a scheme, it is perhaps Israel that finds itself most vulnerable, thanks in part to its size and location.

"Israel's a tiny country. It's situated along the coast. A jet that's been hijacked flying at 600 miles an hour will take about a minute and half to cross the entire country of Israel. It's where Israel's most populated cities are right along that coast. So Israel has close to zero margin for error in countering and protecting itself against a hijacked airplane," explained Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States. "If this Malaysian jet has been hijacked, and there's a sense among Israeli intelligence officials that that is a possibility, then Israel feels that it has to take the necessary precautions. The government met with security officials this week and decided on a number of emergency measures."

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" guest host Bill Weir for a primetime interview, CNN's Mideast Analyst noted that due to its precarious position, Israel is forced to defend itself extremely aggressively, going on the offensive at least once before:

"We have one precedent. It occurred 41 years ago in February 1973, when a Libyan aircraft bound for Cairo strayed into Israeli controlled air space. Israeli jets intercepted that Libyan airliner, instructed it to land. When it ignored the Israeli instructions that airliner was shot down. All but five of the 114 people aboard died," he explained. "Israel paid compensation to the families. But that is the precedent. Israel again has no margin for error for planes, align planes, unidentified planes, and possibly hostile planes, that are entering its air space."

Watch the above video for Weir's full interview with Oren, and for the latest on the search for missing Flight 370 and the investigation into its disappearance, watch CNN on television, and visit cnn.com online.
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  1. Joe

    You have experts for every scenario except for cell phones. Why are the news media not proving or disproving the theory that cell phones do not work in the search areas? Can we not use gps apps to locate cell phones?

    March 19, 2014 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. NRA

    Piers no one likes you cuz you push and push and you always interrupt
    and your very rude. you want it this way or no way. Fox news stoled your audience..

    March 19, 2014 at 4:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. biju

    How pathetic..we live in era of technology,,and still we cant trace that plane..If we cant even clearly know or find the stuffs that are lost here in Earth...then why the hell are we sending spaceships to discover other planets..

    March 19, 2014 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Renee

      Is it possible to put a blackbox and tracking device on a drone in order to divert attention from where the plane actually went? Also Piers is my favorite show to watch.

      April 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mike

    Israel is the one that STOLE the damned plane! They aren't afraid, lmao. They are biding their time creating a narrative to spring on us. Watch as they begin telling us they have information that Iran is behind it, or Hezbollah. And of course, Al Qaeda will be brought into it (don't forget that the spokesman for Al Qaeda is Azzam the American, born Adam Yahiye Gadahn, grandson of a radical zionist agent. Also keep in mind that the very first act of air PIRACY was committed by the Israeli Air Force in 1954.

    March 19, 2014 at 9:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NRA

      hey Mike are you on drugs?

      March 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Charlie Potatoes

        Aren't all the criiters in the NBA on drugs???

        March 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. THE_MAD_BOMBER

    IRAN JACKED THAT PLANE WITH THE INTENT OF USING IT AS AN ATOMIC KAMIKAZE AGAINST ISRAEL. THAT'S WHY IRAN HAS TO BE NUKED ASAP. BUT THE US SHOULD DO THE JOB. ISRAEL IS TOO SMALL & VULNERABLE FOR THAT.

    March 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason82

      Your attempt at impersonating a right-wing Israeli is amusing..

      March 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • THE_MAD_BOMBER

        FYI, I AM AN AMERCICAN CHRISTIAN WHO BELIEVES IN ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST!!!!

        March 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lisa

    Yesterday we heard that there were at least 3 programed flights on pilot Hishammuddin Hussains simlator that landed in the Indian ocean including a US territory. Now they are saying that the data was deleted February 3. Can both be true or was yesterday's new reports changed again.

    March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Commander Zero

    If the 1st lady goes missing on her trip to China
    Will BO come out of the closet?
    Lemon and Cooper are waiting like dogs in heat.

    March 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Stephen Meekison

    I cannot believe the lengths you will go for readership. Israel? Really?. How in the world to expect to remain a journalist expressing theories like this?

    March 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. FallingAsleepToWeir

    WoW!!! Bill Weir is really BORING!!!

    March 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Charlie Potatoes

    NEWS FLASH
    Piers Morgan has located Flight 370.
    It was hiding in Chelsea Handler's gash.

    March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Brenda

    How callous can you be to be airing a woman ON A PLANE with a stuffy nose, when CNN has been reporting a missing plane with 329 souls onboard?

    Are you absolute idiots? Get that Nyquil commercial off the air for gods sake.

    March 20, 2014 at 9:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Commander Zero

    Memo to ac360...Lemon was unfair..,a white hole like yourself could easily hide a Boeing 777.

    March 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lon

    I think the plane went North. I have worked sophisticated Hewlett Packard detection equipment–not satellite related–but intricate nonetheless. You can make equipment 'say' anything you want said. There's no U.S. aircraft carrier down by Perth because THEY KNOW the plane didn't go that way......

    March 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. TRenee

    Continuing along the lines of the idea the plane mirrowed below, above or behind another plane in hidding – is it possible that the black boxes were carried on a drone to the indian ocean as a diversion? Could it be that the only thing that will be found on the ocean floor are the boxes and not a plane? Please comment.

    April 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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