Eyal Eizenberg, the Home Front Command Brigadier General, together with officials from the National Emergency Management Authority and the Central Command, has confirmed: "We have completed the trial of opening kosher cell phones to sms messages in times of emergency"
"The Beitar Ilit Municipality's deployment for emergency situations is excellent, and we will continue to complement its efforts with all necessary emergency services", said Home Front Command Brigadier General Eyal Eizenberg during a tour at the Urban Emergency Center in Beitar Ilit. The Brigadier General was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonels Avi Ovad and Zeev Gutsman, Mr. Keren Miron, Chairman of the National Emergency Management Authority Regional Committee, as well as Maj. Shato Shtakiv and Meital Marziano, Director of Southern Region Security Water of the Water Authority Nati Shechter, Security Officer of the Yesha Council Shlomo Vaaknin and Maj. Ephraim Gross. The visitors toured the unique operations room in the emergency center where the municipality's security department is in charge of supervision and control during emergency situations.
The mayor, Rabbi Meir Rubinstein, said that the operations room serves as a coordination and control center, where all local residents can turn in times of emergency, and coordinates all security and emergency factors with the help of sophisticated, advanced technological devices, some of which were developed by employees of the municipality. The center allows for multi-dimensional situation reports, and serves the local residents during irregular security situations. "In order for all security and emergency factors to function during emergency situations, we need the assistance of the Home Front Command and the National Emergency Management Authority", he said.
Rabbi Rubinstein said that during the visit of the previous Home Front Command Major General, he asked him to make the devices of the Haredi residents accessible during emergency situations, with the permission of the Rabbinical Communications Committee, as the Haredi public does not have any access to the general media and the internet, but needs to be informed of live-threatening emergency situations. Rabbi Rubinstein thanked all those involved in the project: the employees of the security department, Rabbi Yehudah Gerlitz, the municipality CEO, security portfolio holder Rabbi Michael Naki, emergency manager portfolio holder Raanan Amran, center manager Guy Akriv, and said that they all "demonstrated professionalism and high-leveled performance, and may we not need their services".
Brigadier General Eyal Eizenberg said that "we have returned to '67 in terms of territorial threats regarding the state borders. We will be able to provide support and assistance but the regional council will have to take command and serve the residents together with all relevant emergency factors, as the council will be the dominant player in any crisis event". He also revealed that the Home Front Command has completed the trial of opening kosher cell phones to sms messages in times of emergency and is currently in the final stages of negotiation with the cellular companies.