What goes around comes back around.
Nearly 30 percent of Israeli citizens do not have access to functioning bomb shelters near their homes, including over a quarter of a million people who live near the borders with the Gaza Strip and Lebanon — areas that are most likely to come under attack by rocket and missile fire — according to a state comptroller report released Monday.
According to State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman, a fifth of all public bomb shelters — 2,494 out of 12,601 — would not offer proper protection if needed in the case of an attack.
These deficiencies are considered especially worrisome as rockets, mortar shells and missiles — hundreds of thousands of which are estimated to be in the arsenals of Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and lesser terror groups on Israel’s borders — represent some of the greatest threats facing Israel.
In a future, multi-front war, Israeli military planners anticipate that upwards of a thousand projectiles could rain down on the country each day.
“In the rounds of fighting in recent years, hundreds of missiles and rockets have been fired at Israel each day.
This number is expected to grow, and tens of thousands of missiles and rockets will be fired at Israel during days of battle,” the comptroller wrote in the report, which is based on 2018 figures.
The figures published Monday represented an improvement in terms of the total number of citizens with access to bomb shelters since the state comptroller looked into the matter in 2016 — roughly a million Israelis gained access to bomb shelters during that period, according to the comptroller’s figures — but a decrease in the number of functioning public shelters.