The "IDF" Home Front Command is set to introduce two new communications systems that will improve coordination among emergency services operating in wartime.
One of the systems is called "Roundtable," and will cost the "IDF" just over NIS 100 million.
It was designed to enable the Home Front Command, the "Israel" Police, Magen David Adom and the Fire and Rescue Services to receive the same tactical data of an area struck by missiles.
"This means that a commander will be able to see where ambulances are located, where fire trucks are and utilize these assets more effectively," a senior officer in the Home Front Command explained. The "IDF" and the "Israel" Police were harshly criticized in the recent State Comptroller's Report on the 2010 Mount Carmel forest fire over the lack of coordination and faulty crisis management.
"The new system will show the location of each missile that has struck in "Israel" and help emergency services reach the scene quicker," the officer said.
The second system, scheduled to become operational in August, uses cellular networks to send warnings of incoming missile attacks to residents' individual cell phones.
The "IDF" has been working on integrating the system into its early-warning program - mostly based on air-raid sirens - but has encountered resistance from several "Israeli" cellular companies. The carriers do not want to enable their phones to receive the warnings, which come in the form of a text message.
"This will improve our ability to issue warnings just to people who are inside a specific area that is going to be hit by missiles," the officer explained.
Landau: Save Electricity
"Israel" Energy and Water resource Minister, Uzi Landau, the Ministry's chairman, Shaul Tesmah, and the directors of the electric company held a press conference Thursday morning marking the peak of the campaign to prevent summer power failures. "We need the help of the public in alleviating shortages. Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of the summer we are going to have a problem," Landau said. Landau called for energy conservation by avoiding usage of air conditioners, computers and other appliances.
"It is going to be difficult next week and during the whole summer, it is important for the public to know what can happen," head of the electricity company, Yiftah Ron Tal said.
"We are prepared for such a situation, since more than a year. The Power Company is working around the clock to secure the maximum quantities of production units. We completed the installation of units at the station of northern Tel Aviv, and the ratification of the firefighters is still pending. I hope nothing will impede this".
Dany Yatom: "Israel" ready for military action in Syria
""Israel" is preparing itself for the possibility of a military action in Syria in case the latter smuggles chemical weapons to "terrorist" organizations in the region," Former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said to the British network "Sky".
Yatom explained that ""Israel" is concerned about the possibility of al-Assad intentionally sending a chemical weapon to Hizbullah or other "terrorist" organizations." He added that if this scenario happened, it is expected to spark all-out war in the region.
"Israel", according to Yatom, cannot allow such a situation to take place and will be obliged to prevent smuggling of chemical weapons and by a military action if it had to.
According to intelligence reports acquired by the British network, the regime in Syria possesses the largest arsenal of chemical weapons in the Middle East. The fear is that various "terrorist" organizations in the area, including al Qaeda, will take advantage of the growing crisis in Syria to get more arms.
Source: Hebrew Newspapers, Translated by moqawama.org