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The production of gas masks for the public will come to an end by the end of the
year if the government does not allocate more than NIS 1 billion to keep the
production line open, defense officials warned on Thursday.
Lack of funds may mean having to buy your own gas mask
Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i is spearheading the talks with the Treasury, in
an effort to obtain the budget required to keep the production line open. An
estimated NIS 1.3b. is required and Vilna’i is working to create a multi-year
plan to spread the budget over a number of years.
“If production stops
then it will cost more money and take more time to reopen the line and resume
mass production,” a senior defense official said.
The IDF Home Front
Command has manufactured enough gas masks for just over 50 percent of the
Gas masks are distributed to the public by the Postal
Company, which won a tender in 2009. With the current budget, officials warned,
the Home Front Command will only be able to supply 60% of the public with masks
by the end of the year.
OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eizenberg
recently sent a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak warning of the
consequences of the gas mask production line shutting down.