With more than 1 million citizens in its metro area, the city of Jerusalem must be prepared for any widespread crisis, whether a terror attack, a war, or a natural disaster, as well as to be able to provide security at large-scale citywide events.
All of these emergency situations demand that the municipality's Department of Emergency and Security arrive on the scene as quickly as possible in order to assess the situation, update the mayor, and assist with the emergency and rescue operations. Assessing the situation and keeping all the pertinent parties in the loop during emergency situations requires state-of-the-art technology.
To ensure a quick and safe response to any large-scale situation, The Fellowship funded the purchase of a Forward Command Vehicle that will allow police and fire departments, security forces, city officials, public works employees, and other first responders to coordinate their efforts as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
The vehicle was dedicated at an event earlier this month attended by Rabbi Eckstein, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, area security personnel, and Jerusalem residents.
Addressing the crowd, Rabbi Eckstein said, “During the 15 years since I've made aliyah [immigrated to Israel] and I've been privileged to live in Jerusalem and realize my dream of living here, The Fellowship has donated $1.4 billion to Jews in Israel and the diaspora from Christian supporters of Israel.
“Jerusalem receives a large part of this. Since the situation in Jerusalem has always been challenging, The Fellowship has specifically chosen to invest in Jerusalem. . . . It's a personal privilege for me as well as for The Fellowship that we can help Israel and all of its residents.
Mayor Barkat said, “Rabbi Eckstein, when you came to me during the city's difficult time and asked how you could help, I knew . . . we needed the technological capability that would allow us to become the hub on the scene of the event.
“You made the decision in a flash and we designed a system of a mobile war room that doesn't exist anywhere else in Israel and even the world. . . . The issue of security in the face of terror must integrate the municipality along with the security forces. I know without a doubt that this vehicle is exactly what Jerusalem needs at this time.
“Rabbi Eckstein, I don't take this donation for granted. We're here to say thank you to you and to all those who stand behind you. I don't doubt that it saves lives.”
Thank you, Fellowship friends, for making this lifesaving project, and a countless other projects that help protect Israel and her people, possible!