New district will upgrade Homefront Command’s ability to manage emergency situations in the north
Date: 29/08/2011, 12:38 PM Author: Jonatan Urich
In the coming month, the IDF (Zahal) Homefront Command will establish a new district in the Haifa region.
The Haifa District is being set up as a response to operational needs and the importance of protecting the residents of northern Israel.
Around half a year ago, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz ordered the establishment of the Haifa District in order to significantly upgrade the Homefront Command’s ability to manage various emergency situations in the north.
Currently, there are five Homefront Command districts: North, South, Dan, Center and Jerusalem.
Col. Yitzhak Eitan (res.) will head the new Haifa District. Col. Eitan is a former commander of the Homefront Command’s South District.
Col. Eitan said that the Homefront Command’s primary mission is to ensure the continued full functioning of Israel’s society and economy during times of emergency.
“One of the main lessons of the Second Lebanon War was to establish the Haifa District to deal with all tasks and reduce the workload of the North District, which engages in a wide range of missions, both during quiet times and during emergencies.”