Home Front Defense Matan Vilnai pointing_311.
(photo credit: Linui Alihi)
Increased funds should be made available to fortify the home front against attack, Home Front Defense
Minister Matan Vilna’i said Monday during a landmark security exhibition in Tel
Addressing the ISDEF 2011 conference, Vilna’i said there was no
longer any distinction between the front and the home front.
invested “many billions [of shekels] in the military front and reached enormous
achievements. The Israeli military industries are leaders in the world, and our
people are among the best and most qualified in the field,” Vilna’i said.
“Today, the time has come to invest in the civilian front.”
noted that protecting civilian society against attack has become a focus “of the
whole of the democratic world in the past decade.”
pride in the Israeli defense technologies on display at the conference, and
welcomed the arrival of visitors from abroad to the expo.
designed to boost counter-terrorism and policing capabilities formed a central
part of the three-day exhibition.
Vilna’i also led a meeting of the Home
Front Defense Ministry, which included Magen David Adom Director-General Eli
Bin, Union of Local Authorities Chairman Shlomo Buhbut, and Fire and Rescue
Services chief Shahar Ayalon. The meeting was also attended by acting National
Emergency Management Authority head Avi David.
“Recent events in Israel
and the world show there is great importance in providing maximum defense to the
home front,” said Tomer Avnon, director-general of Israel Defense 2011.“Today,
governments and security forces all over the world are investing large funds in
research in order to prepare for unexpected disasters [such as] earthquakes,
missile attacks, floods, and more.”