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Sorry if this question might seem suspicious - as a frequent traveler to Israel it's simply something I've always wondered about.
El Al has some well-known extra security methods for all flights to Israel, including operating their own additional baggage screening system, air marshals, etc. I believe Arkia and Israir do the same and that the Israeli government supplies the budget.
Are foreign airlines flying to Israel (Lufthansa, BA, etc) forced to also use these methods and screen passengers? Strangely although I've flown with foreign carriers and El Al many times I can't recollect how the experience differed - and would have no way of knowing about additional baggage screening.
If anybody has any information it would be nice to have my curiosity satisfied!