Light rail Bridge of Strings.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Transportation and infrastructure professionals promised that no Israeli bridges
are going to collapse, during a discussion on the subject in the Knesset’s State
Control Committee on Tuesday.
The committee members and relevant
government officials were discussing the bridges in the aftermath of a State
Comptroller’s Report on Netivei Israel, the Israel National Roads
Over the course of the meeting, company representatives promised
that no bridges will be falling and that any that are in danger of malfunction
will be repaired immediately.
Recognizing that Netivei Israel is one of
the country’s most important government companies, Committee chairman MK Amnon
Cohen (Shas) said he saw a significant improvement in the firm’s operations but
also stressed that the company must streamline its activities for better
“The company should ensure the purity of its tenders, and
during this period of deficit we must ensure efficiency and not waste public
money,” Cohen said.
“While the cut is in every pocket, government
companies must be strict about every shekel.”
Deputy director-general of
the State Comptroller’s Office Tzvi Virticovsky meanwhile criticized the company
for allowing retired employees to work on an outsourced basis for Netivei
Israel, while the firm has failed to provide tenders for additional workers in
Praising the firm for the improvements it has made,
Keren Turner, deputy director-general of the Transportation Ministry, noted that
Netivei Israel has been transformed from simply an “auxiliary unit” to a
functioning government company.
The company works in conjunction with the
Transportation Ministry, and no project receives approval until it has gone
through a necessary international tendering process, Turner
“Today, the collaboration with Netivei Israel is much better,”
said Ami Rothman, from the National Road Safety Authority. “We determine
together with them the risk points and road maintenance
Admitting that the company is still “learning,” as it was only
established in 2004, Netivei Israel CEO Yeshayahu Bers said that the firm is
tracking its deficiencies and repairing them swiftly, and is operating in a
Only isolated deficiencies have been identified in
the hundreds of projects that the firm carries out for the government, he
Meanwhile, the company gives scores to outside contractors based
on the quality of their work.
“Deficiencies will be corrected, they will
not be repeated, and those responsible will be punished,” said Netivei Israel
deputy CEO Michael Kopilovsky.