How weak? 1/7th of western average! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gray, Germany
    • 06.12.10 | 09:59 (IST)

    That's a number I read in European media. Allegedly there are only 1300 firemen in Israel, about 1/7th of the average at industrialized nations. About 450 took part in fighting at Carmel, together with a hundred from Bulgaria and Jordan, and 20 from the PLA (which has probably even less capabilities than Israel. However, there sure were security conerns by Israel about the Palestinians, and the goodwill gesture shouldn't be underrated). And then, even though having the most powerful airforce in the region, Israel doesn't own a single firefighting plane! Yes, Netanyahu now has announced to buy some, but did this gap in the nation's firefighting abilities really escape the attention of all officials before the Carmel tragedy? If the state comproller takes he job seriously, his report certainly will be damaging for the administration. But after people have died, there's no place for niceties, only for a determinedly honest evaluation of the shortcomings. A nation has to be prepared for such emergencies!

    from the article: State Comptroller may launch separate investigation into Carmel fire
    First published 00:01 06.12.10 | Last updated 00:01 06.12.10
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