image_pdfimage_print to half of Israelis lack access to a bomb shelter — comptroller | Live Updates | The Times of Israel Between a quarter and half of all Israelis do not have access to a proper bomb shelter in the case of an emergency, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira says in a new, damning report.

The document, a review of the country’s preparedness against rocket and missile tanks, finds numerous gaps and failures in the government and military’s plans to protect Israel’s civilian population. A similar report, released last year, also noted shortcomings in the country’s home front defense.

The 65-page report documents a whole host of issues, including an ongoing failure by government ministries to formalize areas of responsibility during an emergency, incomplete evacuation plans and budgetary problems for rocket alert systems.

However, Shapira’s harshest criticism is levied at the gap between the number of bomb shelters — private and public — that Israel has and the number that it needs.

— Judah Ari Gross

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