“The Tiger Squad,” is what officials at the Prime Minister’s Office are calling the group of four former Directors General of the PM’s office and one former high ranking official who are helping to coordinate the government’s efforts in the north of Israel during the war.
The man behind the idea of enlisting these five highly capable men is current Director General of the Prime minister’s Office, Raanan Dinur, who is coordinating the government’s efforts to assist the local residents of the cities in the north hit by the war.
The job of these five former officials is to work directly with local municipality officials and to liaise between them and the government. All five have great management experience and have volunteered to spend a few hours each day in the north at their own expense, helping the mayors and officials run their municipalities in this time of crisis.
The first former director general to be enlisted is Yossi Kucik, who was sent to Safed and who had a difficult time coping with the missile attacks on the city. Kuchik was working very close with Safed Mayor Yishai Maimon, and since his arrival, great improvement has been seen in the condition of the bomb shelters in the city and the way residents and damages were taken care of.
Ilan Cohen was placed in Nahariya, Acre, and Shlomi; Rafi Peled has also been enlisted and is assisting in other locations. Zvi Alderotti was given the authority to assist the Arab sector. Barry Holzman, former head of the co-ordination monitoring division of the prime minister’s office was sent to assist Kiryat Shmona and Yesod HaMa’ala.
Dinur gathers all director generals to meetings where they report on major problems facing the cities they are working with.