Windshield smashed by terrorists
Windshield smashed by terrorists Israel news photo by Shomron Regional Council

Regional council heads of Judea and Samaria communities sent an urgent letter to the Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and the Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) regarding the budget for defensive car shields for residents.

 In the letter, the council heads describe the current situation, in which more defensive shields are needed, but the budget for them has already been depleted. 

"With the return of stone-throwing terrorism in various sectors, security officials have pointed out the urgent need for protection. The number of residents who want to place shields in their vehicles is rising, but the allocated and approved amount ran out last September," the letter reads. 

"The additional budget allocated by the Ministry of Defense," the letter continues, "ran out within 24 hours due to the long waiting list for shields. The situation created here is impossible." 

An example of the devastating consequences of the situation are presented in the letter with the story of a the Yativ family from Samaria. Their three-year-old son was injured by stones two weeks ago, but when the family asked for a defensive shield for their vehicle, they received a response in the negative. 

The council heads stressed that every day that goes by without additional funds "hinders the protection of thousands of residents and completely endangers the lives of infants, children, and men and women. 

The head of the Shomron (Samarian) Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, one of the initiators of the letter, said, "The primary solution should be to stop terrorism, but until this happens, the state must allow citizens to protect themselves." 

Head of Har Hevron, Yochai Damari, Mesika's partner in the process, said, "When it comes to lives being risked, accounts should not be taken. Every day the vehicles are not armored is an unnecessary threat to life." 

The head of Gush Etzion, David Perl added that budget for shields must become more organized, taking into account the needs of the growing population. 

Other signatories of the letter included the head of the Efrat Regional Council, Oded Ravivi; the head of Beit El, Shai Alon; head of the Kiryat Arba Council, Malachi Levinger, and the head of the Karni Shomron Council, Yigal Lahav.