CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) head of the Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan said it could take up to five years to provide refurbished gas masks to all Israelis.
"There will not be an immediate solution tomorrow morning," Golan said at a press conference in Ramle. "It will take time, possibly three to four or five years until 100 percent of Israel received the masks," he said.
Golan said the Knesset's decision last week to redistribute masks opens the door to address the funding, production and distribution of masks.
At the present time, Israelis are vulnerable to chemical and biological warfare, but in a few more years, the Home Front Command believes it will be possible to protect the public from non-conventional terror attacks.
With regard to early warning systems, the defense establishment plans to add hundreds of additional sirens to the 1,500 activated in Wednesday's nationwide emergency response drill.
The Home Front Command is also looking into SMS text messages, beepers, radio, television and Internet systems to supplement the sirens in the advent of missile attacks.
"There are still gaps in the warning system," the general said. "We have spent the past two years since the Second Lebanon War improving the system, but we understand that the State of Israel will need to make more improvements and to technologically upgrade the system," he said.
Source: The Jerusalem Post