Erdan laments 'partial' participation in defense drill

May 28, 2013 08:50

Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the preparedness displayed by local authorities and government offices in Monday's Steadfast Home Front 1 missile defense drill, but called for greater public participation in such exercises.

As part of the exercise, two air raid sirens were sounded across Israel on Monday morning and evening, aimed at getting citizens to practice taking cover in the event of a missile attack on Israel.

Erdan stated that the Israeli public's participation in the drill had been only "partial."

The home front preparedness exercise was set to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday. "Today, the focus will shift to preparedness for a non-conventional weapons attack, and I hope that the lessons learned from years past will be applied," Erdan stated.

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