Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Comptroller: Israelis not adequately protected from rockets

More than two million Israelis lack adequate shelter in case of rockets fired from Gaza to the south or from Lebanon or Syria to the north, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira said in his newest report Tuesday.

Shapira determined in the report that Israel had not learned its lesson from the counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge, which took place between July and August of 2014, during which Gaza terrorist groups fired thousands of rockets at the Jewish state.

"Although the military has envisaged a scenario in which Israel would be the target of thousands, or even tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, it is doubtful whether it has adequate capacity to defend the country properly," Shapira's report said.

The report added it was estimated in 2012 that 27 percent of Israelis -- more than two million people -- had no protection in the event of war.

The Comptroller said, however, that the figure was likely higher because some public shelters were unusable.

The IDF has said the Hamas terrorist group, which controls Gaza, and its allies, still have some of their rocket arsenal and are also working to rearm.

In recent years, Hamas has been working feverishly to rebuild its infiltration tunnel networkinto Israel, after the IDF destroyed the network during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. READ MORE