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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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