its easy to look back in hindsight but when your setting the national budget you set what you believe should be a priority for that year - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 05.12.10 | 08:42 (IST)

    When your setting the annual budget and the army ask for money to buy body armor to protect soldiers, the schools ask for more computers and the fire service want more equipment to fight forrest fires which do not break out everyday who are you going to give the money to? Successive government have underinvested in the fire service for years because its not seen a priority and its only when you have something like this that the money should have been invested. In the US New Orleans didn't invest enough in the upkeep of dams and levys, Don't have to worry about it to much invest the money in what seem like more important areas then Katrina comes along and the cost of clean u make the money it would have taken to keep the dams & levys in good order look like pocket change, In Israel the fire service didn't get the investment they needed nobody thinks is matters until this. This is something thats happened as a result of successive governments so finger pointing is not going to achieve anything. What matters now is putting out the fire, speaking with both the fire service and foreign experts on what the country needs to avoid this happening again and then start spending money.

    from the article: Israel might have been able to prevent Carmel fire, reports show
    First published 01:50 05.12.10 | Last updated 01:50 05.12.10
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