Member of Knesset Reuven Rivlin (Likud - Yisrael Beitenu) called for the fire department to recruit former residents of Gush Katif. He made the comments Wednesday to the Finance Committee during the presentation of the new firefighting system. "I welcome the establishment of the new system, but we have to consider those expelled from Gush Katif." The Disengagement from Gush Katif began the day after Tisha B'Av in 2005.
"There are people age 50 and older who have been displaced through no fault of their own and remained out of work," MK Rivlin said. "Incorporating such employees would not be contrary to the establishment of the professional new system." MK Rivlin said that the fire department should seek skilled workers from Gush Katif to be recruited to join the service.