Israel increases preparedness for unconventional terror threat

Brig. Gen. Snir: Chances that incident like this will occur are low, but we must be ready

Date: 05/12/2011, 10:56 AM     Author: Ophir Haglili

Last week, the Defense Ministry, in conjunction with the Home Front Command and the Health Ministry, conducted an exercise simulating an unconventional terror attack in northern Israel.

The exercise, called “Orange Flame 6” simulated the outbreak of a contagious disease in the cities of northern Israel.

Such an exercise is held annually in different parts of the country.

“The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the readiness of the health system,” said Brigadier General (res.) Ze’ev Snir, Assistant Minister of Defense for CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Defense. “Israel is in a very good situation; the drills are improving readiness and raising awareness, which is already very high. The chances that an incident like this will occur are very low, but it is very important to be ready.”

One of the main elements of the exercise was the cooperation between a number of military and civilian entities, including the Defense Ministry, the Health Ministry, the Home Front Command, hospitals, healthcare centers, local authorities, the police, Magen David Adom, the fire brigade, the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, and the Water Authority.

In the coming months, the Defense Ministry will hold a number of other unconventional terror exercises, as part of Israel’s increasing preparations for this threat.