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May 17, 2013 1:44 pm

Israel is Inadequately Prepared for Chemical Weapons Attack, New Report Shows

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IDF Soldier showing child how to put on gas mask. Photo: IDF.

Israel’s preparedness for a possible chemical weapon attack is inadequate, according to the Israel Home Front Defense Ministry’s new annual report.

“As of 2012, the readiness level of government office and state authorities for an unconventional weapon attack stands at low-medium,” the report said.

Most problematic is that only 60 percent of Israeli citizens have non-conventional warfare protection kits, which include age-appropriate gas masks, and that due to budget shortfalls there are not enough kits in storage.

According to Israel Hayom, On May 27, the Home Front Defense Ministry, Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command and local authorities are scheduled to carry out a drill simulating a chemical attack. It had been scheduled to take place in the beginning of the month, but due to tensions on the Syrian border, the exercise was delayed.

The international community and Israel in particular have long worried that Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah and other rogue terrorist organizations and then be used on foreign soil. According to reports, chemical weapons have already been used in the domestic conflict.

The Home Front Defense Ministry report reflects the current fears, saying that there are numerous indicators of terrorist organizations trying to get their hands on non-conventional weapons.

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  • Yosef

    How many Israelis know that Dick, arsine, Lewisite and HS(mustard) are WW 1 blistering and anti respiratory system gasses that are easy for funded chemical engineers to make. And that they may be removed from skin with laundry soap, dishwashing liquid, shampoo or soap within first 4 minutes of exposure? I do!

  • Coley

    No weapons leave Syria!

  • Whats taking them so long?

  • M D Bedard

    Shabbat shalom Israel

  • M D Bedard

    Israel don’t give up !!!!!!

  • Who wrote – and disseminated – this report?

    what country would be so utterly and abysmally stupid to publicly inform its arch enemies that it is totally unprepared in the even of an attack?

    What enemy would be so utterly and abysmally stupid to believe that Israel would take a chance on an unprovoked attack, and relax its border defenses?

    There’s a rule that pervades most Middle East war rooms that should always be considered when it cones to attacking the State of Israel:

    “Don’t f— around with them Israelis:

    In a war, they can be mean bastards: And so far, guys…THEY HAVEN’T LOST ANY WARS.

    Just remember when in doubt, act cautiously. Jew-boys don’t lose wars.

    BE SMART: LEAVE THEM JEW-BOYS ALONE. They’re jes’ bluffing.

  • john

    Well , Syria wont be ready for a nuke , either..they better watch out

  • john

    Syria inherited all of Iraq`s WMD , you know , the ones that all the dumb democrats swear GWB made up , well some day they will see