Millions of Israelis at risk in event of earthquake, minister warns

Millions of Israelis are at risk in the event of an earthquake because of unsafe buildings, Homefront Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, pictured here, warned Monday. Credit: Maxine Dovere.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Millions of Israelis are at risk in the event of an earthquake because of unsafe buildings, Homefront Defense Minister Gilad Erdan warned Monday.

“Across Israel today, there are more than 800,000 households which do not meet the [construction safety] standards—meaning that millions of citizens are at risk during an earthquake,” Erdan told the Knesset Interior Committee.

“Included among the dangerous structures are 1,600 schools that do not meet the standards,” said Erdan. “The government is not doing its job responsibly, because responsibility is dispersed between too many authorities.”

Posted on January 21, 2014 .