In a meeting with firefighters and paramedics in his sukkah in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that if Israel is ever drawn into another confrontation, it will be completely different than the ones we have been used to because the weapons have changed, the battlefield has changed, and so have the identities of the parties involved.
“The rear is becoming a part of the front. Just like the war on terrorism, the majority of the fighting is done on our side because it is purposely waged against civilians, and in order to hit the infrastructure of life in Israel,” Olmert said.
During the meeting, Olmert also called on the first responders to learn their lessons from the war in Lebanon and to prepare for the future even if it is difficult to assess what the future in the Middle East will bring.
In response to complaints about salaries and conditions in the firefighting corps, Olmert praised the firefighters and the Magen David Adom workers and said they are true fighters who performed their job bravely and professionally. Olmert also promised that he will find a solution to their salary problems in the 2007 budget.