As tensions with Iran escalate Labor Party MK warns of shelter shortage

Labor MK Itzik Shmuli expressed gratitude to US President Donald Trump for moving the US embassy to the capital but stressed that symbolic actions can not replace "state policy".

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May 12, 2018 12:38
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Itzik Shmuli

Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Member of Knesset Itzik Shmuli (Labor) warned of "massive gaps in protection offered to the civilian population of Israel," on Saturday during a cultural event in Holon.

"The State Comptroller report published just a year and a half ago revealed massive gaps in protection offered to the civilian population of Israel," said Shmuli, who added that this extends to towns near the border.

"We must make good use of the time remaining until the next round of friction with Iran and its proxies in the north and begin a comprehensive protection plan," said Shmuli, who claimed he expects the government to reach such a decision in the upcoming Sunday meeting.

Due to the increased tensions between Israel and Tehran due to Iranian presence in Syria, the Israeli government ordered bomb shelters in the Golan Heights to be opened and made available in case of emergency.

Shmuli also expressed gratitude to US President Donald Trump for moving the US embassy to the capital, but stressed that symbolic actions can not replace "state policy" and that Americans need to be "persuaded that their involvement in the region is necessary."

The MK pointed to re-starting the US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace process and keeping US troops in Syria as two examples of American involvement that he feels are necessary.     


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