Chief of the Home Front Command says "The IDF is prepared for a significant war" and clarifies "Israeli civilians must understand that they will be part of the next war"
"The Home Front Command is prepared for a wide variety of threats," Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg, chief of the Home Front Command, said in an interview published recently in Yad Lebanim magazine. "Israeli civilians must understand that in the next war they are part of the system and that the outcome of the next campaign depends on the resilience of the home front."
"The IDF, including the Home Front Command, is prepared for a significant war. In the next war, one of the central weapons will be missiles. We are talking about Fajr and Grad rockets that can reach from the north of Israel to the south," he continued, adding that although Israel's enemies have some 200,000 missiles – putting all of Israel's territory in range – these missiles are not being fired because of Israel's deterrent ability.
With regard to the preparedness of the home front, Maj. Gen. Eizenberg praised the soldiers who operate the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, which prevented Israeli casualties during recent escalations in Israel's south.
He also discussed the Home Front Command's efforts to provide Israeli civilians with means to protect themselves. "Israel's government decided that all citizens would be provided with a personal protection kit (gas mask kit), and I am the administrator responsible for administering the distribution system. I manage the budget for production and for distribution via the Israel Postal Company. Our target is 100% distribution," he said.
"In the coming year, it has been decided to focus on preparing the public for the possibility of an earthquake, which is a common natural phenomenon," Maj. Gen. Eizenberg added. "It is very important that every household prepare for it, secure items in their houses, and prepare family emergency kits. Advance preparation and preparedness for an earthquake has in the past proved to save lives and reduce damage."