Samaria Council head:
'Judea and Samaria residents have been taken hostage'

Yossi Dagan on closing of MDA stations: 'Yet again, residents are hostages of internal battles between the finance and health ministries.'

Rafael Levy ,

MDA paramedics evacuating wounded (illustrative)
MDA paramedics evacuating wounded (illustrative)
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The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, is furious at Magen David Adom's (MDA’s) decision to reduce activity in Judea and Samaria. "This is real discrimination that endangers the lives of the citizens."

Addressing the episode that repeats itself every year, Dagan said that "The only real explanation is the cynical use of the residents of Judea and Samaria by the Finance Ministry, Health Ministry, and MDA as hostages of internal wars. There is no other explanation for this scandal. Every year we need to deal anew with the fact that the Ministry of Health has not transferred a budget to MDA, while the Ministry of Health explains that it has not received money from the Ministry of Finance. The truth is that all this should not have to concern the residents of Judea and Samaria. "

"The residents of Judea and Samaria are citizens with equal rights in the State of Israel, they pay their dues, and it is unthinkable that our residents are not receiving something as elementary as emergency medical services, certainly after such a tense period,” Dagan said.

According to Dagan, there are about 320 medical volunteers in the Samaria Regional Council, most of whom were trained by the medical department of the Samaria Regional Council's security division. “Unprecedented for councils in Israel, the Samaria council took upon itself the task of emergency medicine, even though that is not its function.”

A crazy, abnormal situation has arisen in which a council is forced to take upon itself the field of emergency medicine for its residents. This is not normal, and it has been created because the state is pushing us to find creative solutions. It cannot be that we have to rely on volunteers to ensure one of the most basic services in every country: emergency medical services.”

One of the stations to be closed is in the Samaria Regional Council, and Dagan says he will fight to prevent this: "We will not give up this elementary right. This circus must end."