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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Tel Aviv high rises told to prepare shelters

I heard an Israel Radio report this afternoon that said that Hamas has rockets with a 60-kilometer range, and not 40 as was believed until now. Tel Aviv is within sixty kilometers of Gaza, and the City of Tel Aviv has taken notice (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).
It has been made known to Ynet that city officials began posting notices detailing instructions for a state of emergency and activating shelters in the hundreds of high-rise buildings throughout the city Thursday morning.

This week a long list of preparatory steps to be taken in case such a scenario arises was authorized in a special sitting of the city council. These steps included preparing all public shelters, emptying out indoor shelters within the educational institutions, setting up a war room, and increasing water supplies in case of emergency.

"We don't want to induce panic, but we want to be prepared," said the chairman of the municipal security committee.

Some may say that this is a premature step, but the Tel Aviv Municipality is taking no chances in light of a report that examined the state of the city's shelters during the Second Lebanon War, indicating that some of these shelters were unusable, occupied, or contaminated.

Tel Aviv's Deputy Director General Robby Zalouf clarified that there is currently no direct threat on the city of Tel Aviv that would necessitate such preparations according to the Home Front Command, yet they are preparing the city as if it would have to withstand a state of emergency. As such, all municipal shelters will be examined to ensure that they are prepared for use within four hours. In addition, a list of "alternate shelters" within underground garages will be made and published for the public.
Spending nearly all my time in Jerusalem, I have the same surreal feeling that I had during the summer of 2006. There's a war going on out there, and yet - thank God - my life goes on normally. With God's help, the IDF will subdue Hamas before any fighting gets near here.


At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear COS Gabi Ashkenazi,

Please save our country:

1. Declare martial law and incarcerate all Kadima ministers and Knesset members, as well as Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

2. Notify the Arabs that they have 3 hours to raise their white underpants in surrender, hand over their leaders for field courtmartial and return Gilad Shalit without a scratch.

3. If any part of objective 2, above, is not achieved, flatten everything that moves and provides shelter in Gaza, enter with massive troops and armor and declare Gaza to be a sovereign part of Israel forever.

The people will stand behind you. Make history. Save your country and people.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Don P said...

So, I guess what we are being told is that it's okay for the residents of Sderot to be on the receiving end of a Hamas rocket, but now that Tel Aviv is threatened, well!
BTW. I agree with Shy Guy. Israel is already accused of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and genocide; what more could her critics add to charges like those. The Knesset needs to keep in mind that Mrs. Rice does not have to live in Israel, but their constituents do.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

This is a wakeup call to Israeli leftists whose patriotism lasted all of a week and who now calling for Israel to surrender to Hamas. Its going to be interesting to see the reaction of "the branja" when its their property and their children and their precious Dizengoff cafes that's endangered by Hamas. Oh, I can't wait!

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy Guy,



Yes. Tel Aviv is in my back yard. Sderot is NotInMyBackYard. Search that latter term on my blog and you'll learn a lot (look for a post that has Sderot and "send in the clowns").

And by the way, Knesset members don't have constituents. They have parties. That's part of the problem.


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