Next war to include all
Three-and-a-half years have
passed since the Second Lebanon War, and Tuesday morning
saw the end of a project for the renovation and
restoration of bomb shelters in northern Israel in a
The Prime Minister's Office and the Defense Ministry invested
NIS 96 million (roughly $25.27 million) in the renovation of
3,019 public shelters. An additional 1,838 joint shelters were
renovated by the administration for the restoration of the
North and the Amigour company.
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said that in the event of
another military operation, the fighting will not only be felt
near Israel's borders, but throughout the entire country. "We
are building the State of Israel's civilian front," he said, "A
war only on the military front, as in the Yom Kippur War - not
involving the civilian population – will not
The minister added that, "the best war is one that is
prevented, because if there is a war, it will reach every part
of the State of Israel."
Vilnai slammed the proposed budget cuts in communities on the
confrontation lines and said, "It is unreasonable and
unfathomable that they are trying to take away from grants to
authorities in the periphery. These towns are located around
the state's borders and determine how the State of Israel
Eyal Gabai, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office
also noted the importance of supporting periphery communities.
"The recent conflicts have proven the strength of the
communities along the border. It is the State's responsibility
to change the perception, and the places that have been ignored
will be made a top priority."
Gabai added that the government plans to invest tens of
billions of shekels in reinforcing infrastructure in the
periphery, which he said would "change the lives of the
residents of the Galilee and the Negev within 10
Head of Shlomi Local Council Gabi Naaman warned that the calm
in the north in recent years could lead to complacency with
regards to the continued restoration of shelters.
"We must not forget that the confrontation line has not
disappeared, or that, alongside the economic and professional
threats, there is still a security threat that is demonstrated
with a Katyusha attack on the northern communities from time to
time," he said.