Anti-tank missile strike on Moshav Shtula in the north/Shlomi Gabbay
1400 murdered? 239 abductees? Criminal neglect of the alert squads? It seems that the hard lesson has not yet been learned. The fence communities in the north continue to be abandoned, even as Hezbollah ramps up its attacks and the number of fatalities and casualties increases. In rations the emergency line has fallen, in Shtula there is no generator, in Margaliot they are looking for a sponsor to pay for them fleeces, and in Manara they lack knees and the military equipment is outdated.
In the middle of last week, anti-tank missiles again damaged the electricity infrastructure of Moshav Shtula, which was not evacuated according to the military's decision. 30 hours of darkness passed, until IEC workers arrived to repair the damage, during which the chicken coops went on strike and the alert squad operated by the light of flashlights. "We reiterate, ask and demand that an emergency generator enhancer be installed in Shtula, because our cables are exposed to anti-tank fire," Yaniv Turgeman, chairman of the Shtula committee, told 104.5 FM, Radio North. "The incident that happened last week can happen again, and we will find ourselves on these rainy and cold days without electricity, and without the possibility of warming the farmers who remained there, the families, the alert squad and taking care of the birds that support me.
"We contacted all the most senior echelons of the Israel Electric Corporation, which we pay during the year, and when they refer us to Northern Command. Without electricity, we can't charge cell phones and walkie-talkies, not to mention the military forces in the community that rely on our electricity and the residents. The state cannot abandon us in this way. Let them bring generators and connect them to their transformers. Just as we continue to be here in the community and do our job, risking our lives, IEC employees also have to do their job."
Non-stop shooting range. Planted after an anti-tank missile landing in mid-October/official website, none
The situation in Moshav Manot, which is also not evacuated, is no better. "The emergency line of our secretariat is also the emergency line of our operations room," says Shalom Shaul, chairman of the Manot Police Department. "I call Bezeq and they tell me they can't come to Manot because we're a threatened community. Our secretary spoke to Bezeq, and then it turned out that we were not threatened, no problem arriving, but that they did not receive a call for a malfunction.
"After an electric company employee is killed, these companies don't come," Shalom elaborates, "Bezeq hitched a ride on it and said we were threatened. If Shtula has no electricity and we have no communications, that's a Hezbollah victory. With all the might of Israel, we have light, and with them dark and disconnected communities, a great picture of victory. It's not right that this is happening in the State of Israel, and it's that the real war hasn't started here yet."
And let's move on to Margaliot, which ranges non-stop. Ido Yaakobi, the sergeant major and head of equipment in the alert squad, asks for help in obtaining a donation of NIS 2,000 to purchase brass for the alert squad. "We have to buy green brass," he explains, "so that our forces will recognize us and there will be no two-sided fire. We have an orderly quote from a supplier, we just need to find a sponsor." The situation in Manara's alert squad is also dire. The IDF did soldier them and finally gave them weapons, but the equipment they received is old and they don't have, for example, knees.
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An Israeli tank on the northern border. Residents don't feel protected/Reuters
You have to pinch yourself hard to believe that such basic failures still exist in a country that has experienced such a terrible disaster, in a sector that can be ignited by rocket fire and become a battlefield many times more difficult than that of the south. It is highly desirable that the authorities wake up immediately and fill in gaps in equipment and infrastructure, before it is too late.
"Everyone talks about fighting," Turgeman says, "but we're not in fighting, we're in war. We experience alarms 20 times a day, from the chicken coop to the safe room, from the goat pen to the dimension, all day long during the war." And Saul Manot adds, "If we are a threatened community, then we should have already been evacuated. But we're here, so take care of us already."
Telegram said in response: "The malfunction in the rations is known, but unfortunately there is no authorization from the military to work there. Bezeq again raised the demand with the army and hopes to receive the approval soon, so that the team will come and fix the malfunction."
The electric company promised to provide a generator to plant it today and hopes to connect it to the transformer soon.
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