Israel scrambles to improve earthquake preparedness


February 17, 2023

Yaniv Nadav/Flash90

Members of the Knesset Honor Guard, the Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command, firefighters, police and Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical services participate in an emergency drill simulating an earthquake near Ashkelon on Dec. 19, 2019.

(JNS) - The Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee has called for an emergency meeting to review the country's earthquake preparedness in light of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria on Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has directed National Security Council head Tzachi Hanegbi to "update and reiterate the steps we need to take."

Comptroller's Warning

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman on Monday urged the government not to delay. The deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria should be viewed as a warning, he said, calling for immediate action.

"Do not wait...

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