Magen David Adom reduces activity in Judea and Samaria

MDA announces it will reduce activity in Judea and Samaria due to budget cuts by the Ministry of Health.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Despite the wave of terror throughout Judea and Samaria, the Magen David Adom (MDA) organization on Tuesday informed heads of councils in Judea and Samaria that it is reducing the activity in the region because the Ministry of Health cut its annual budget.

The budget that will be transferred to MDA in 2019 for activities in Judea and Samaria will amount to only 5.7 million shekels.

The letter states that the reduction in activity or its cancellation altogether in some areas will take effect Friday, March 1, 2019, and that the teams should prepare accordingly.

Several weeks ago, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, addressed the issue of MDA operations in Judea and Samaria and said that "the residents of Judea and Samaria are citizens of the State of Israel, just like any other citizen. I call upon the Prime Minister to include the MDA budget in Judea and Samaria in the base budget as is happening in the Gaza envelope. There is no difference between one region and another."

"Every year the same saga begins again. To my delight, MK Yaakov Litzman, Welfare Minister Haim Katz and MDA Director General Eli Bin are assisting us in this matter. At the same time, it is inconceivable that citizens of the State of Israel living in Judea and Samaria will have to collect funds for emergency medical services like beggars. I call on the Prime Minister to convene a discussion as soon as this week with all the parties involved," added Dagan.