The Ministry of National Security held a special press conference today (Tuesday) on the establishment of alert squads in various communities throughout the country. The new projector appointed for the subject is retired Major General Shimon Lavie, who presented at the campaign the future activity of the ministry and everything planned regarding the establishment of alert classes in the rural and urban areas, an issue that has become essential since the beginning of the "Iron Swords" war.
"48 hours after the outbreak of the war, I was called by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on an extremely important mission to arm the civilian home front," Lavi said. "I showed up in this room, an office that was working, and ready, and I took on a task that in my view is an important task of the highest order."
ZAKA volunteer describes the horrors at Kibbutz Be'eri // Photo: Hanan Greenwood
"The purpose is clear. We have a very strong army, we have a determined police, we have security forces that can be trusted. But if I am aiming for a multi-front scenario, an all-out war, additional scenarios spread geographically, the security forces will be tense, and where reinforcement is needed, we have the alert forces. I'm talking about 600 alert classes (new, in addition to the existing ones that have been established since the beginning of the war), skilled classes, classes armed with assault rifles, classes whose members are very motivated, and all of whom work in an orderly manner, under the command of the Israel Police."
Lavi continues: "In the past two weeks we have been in a very significant force building marathon. The intention is not only to distribute weapons to civilians, but mainly to engage in force buildup, of professional alert forces, rapid response, with a wide geographic distribution, to provide a sense of security. In the first week, we began to divide the rural area, divided into dozens of regional councils, into hundreds of communities throughout the State of Israel. We did the division as part of Border Police activity, which provides the envelope for all the alert squads in the rural area."
"Everyone brings their own experience." Soldiers in an alert squad course, photo: Hanan Greenwood
Every citizen who comes and wants to contribute and take part in the project, I see this as very important and we are still only a third of the way. We don't have much time, we are in a time of war, our goal is to complete the process in the next ten days, I very much hope that we will be enough. There are many, many people who volunteer to accomplish this task. As far as we are concerned, weapons are lifesavers," he concluded.
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