Lior Horev
Lior HorevUri Lenz/FLASH90

Following the October 7 murderous attack by Hamas terrorists on villages and communities in southern Israel, in which 1400 men, women, children, and babies were savagely murdered, thousands injured and over 220 taken hostage, local communities have taken upon themselves to protect their own residents.

"When the home front is the front line and innocent civilians are the target of murder, the emergency squad teams are of crucial importance. The rapid steps taken to establish and equip these teams are extremely crucial and a recognition of this threat. I highly commend the Minister of National Security on his ability to implement this plan," wrote strategic advisor Lior Horev.

Earlier this week, chairman of Yisrael Beytenu, MK Avigdor Liberman, said that, "The only one I see who is doing the right thing right now is Itamar Ben Gvir. There is a shift in the emergency squad teams. I talked to city mayors and there is a shift."

So far, thousands of weapons have been distributed to the rural communities, and hundreds of emergency squad teams have been established. In the last week, the bulk of responsibility has moved to the cities, where the local police stations are located. Initially, the emergency squad teams will be located in the five cities involved, and then in additional cities.

On Tuesday night, retired Police Commander Shimon Lavi responded to a question posed by Israel National News - Arutz Sheva, saying that, "We are arming and establishing emergency squad teams throughout the country and wherever reinforcements are needed. We will have 600 skilled standby squads, armed with assault rifles and their highly motivated members, all of whom work under the Israel Police."