Israel is not prepared for potential disaster. Here’s why

This week, Tamar and guest co-host Michael Starr discuss the newly-released state comptroller report on Israel’s preparedness in the face of natural disasters, namely earthquakes. They speak on the passing of the judge selection committee bill in a first reading, as well as the renewed relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Then they are joined by Jerusalem Post correspondent and cohost of The Jerusalem Post podcast, “Inside Israeli Innovation,” Zachy Hennessey, to discuss the recent banking crisis taking place in the United States and how this may affect the Israeli market.

Jerusalem Post

Revelation 11:13
And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

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.”…

…Experts have stressed that Israel’s current state of earthquake readiness is concerning. A 2018 report by the previous comptroller estimated that a major earthquake could result in 7,000 casualties and leave 170,000 people homeless. A report from last year found that 600,000 buildings in the country do not meet the standard for earthquake resistance.

Amir Yahav, director of the inter-ministerial steering committee for earthquake preparedness, noted the lack of government action on the matter is concerning. According to Yahav, the committee has not fully convened in seven years due to “ministerial overturn.” Yahav further explained that, in an effort to better country’s preparedness, the committee had plans to spend 5 billion shekels ($1.4 billion) between 2019 and 2030 to reinforce buildings, but only 7 million shekels ($2 million) has been allocated by the government to the project so far.


1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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