Op-Ed: Israeli hospitals make preparations for chemical weapons attack

Posted Jan 6, 2013 by Eliot Elwar
The ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East continues daily. While the Arab revolutions carry on, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) prepares hospitals for likely chemical attacks on Israeli citizens during the coming war with Iran and Syria.
Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the he...
Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the headquarters of the Syrian chemical weapons program and contains both a depot for storing chemical weapons as well as a massive laboratory for manufacturing them
The IDF Home Front Command is preparing all hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale missile attacks and chemical attacks. The preparations have been planned three years in advance, and bear no relation to current events or recent threat assessments. Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with conventional missile attacks, mass-casualty incidents and “mega-mass casualty incidents,” involving many injuries, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Israeli rescue teams, doctors, hospital staff and soldiers take part in defense drill simulating response to a chemical attack, at the Hilel Yafe hospital in the coastal city of Hadera, north of Tel Aviv. The IDF command is running drills to prepare the nation's medical facilities for security threats, including missile and chemical attacks. The preparations include hospital staff training to manage what the military called “mega-mass casualty incidents” involving many victims, according to RT news.
Unfortunately, the hatred that the Israeli people experience daily remains alive and well. Hospitals across Israel have been receiving IDF training to respond to a chemical or biological weapons “mega attack” that could leave many in need of urgent medical care. The IDF Home Front Command stressed the importance of training for a massive attack due to the extraordinary nature such an attack would present. No country in recent Middle East history has had to prepare for such a violent terror attack. The ongoing revolution in Syria has placed control of that nation’s stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in serious uncertainty. One of the IDF’s top priorities include tracking Syria’s chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction to ensure they do not come under Hezbollah’s control for possible use against Israeli citizens.