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Wireless Internet, an Israeli phone line and unlimited satellite
access are just some of the technological wonders that the IDF has
succeeded in setting up in Haiti, where communication lines were
destroyed in last week's devastating earthquake.
While the world has already heard about the remarkable work at
the IDF field hospital in Port-au-Prince, not much has been written
about the communications room set up on the island by reservists from
the military's C4I (command, control, communications, computers and
"This is an unprecedented operation in its scale and size,"
explained Lt.-Col. (res.) Yaakov Magal. "We did not even have something
like this during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last January."
According to Magal, before the rescue teams were sent to Haiti,
the IDF ensured that the delegation would have around-the-clock access
to one of Israel's Amos communications satellites. It also sent
millions of dollars of equipment to Haiti.
"This operation is called 'End of the World,' but with our
communications systems we gave soldiers and delegation members the
ability to call home at the price of a domestic call in Israel," he
The wireless Internet has attracted, he said, journalists from
around the world who come to send their materials back to their
Magal and his team also set up video conference systems in
surgery theaters to give field surgeons the ability to consult with
experts back in Israeli hospitals. "They can turn on the camera and
even watch the surgeries in Israel as they occur in Haiti," he said.