Israel has been blessed with unusually strong rains and even snow, helping to alleviate a five-year-long drought. Though a welcome reprieve, these blessings lead to unique challenges for Israel’s impoverished citizens.
The Defense Ministry issued a statement to all security heads of local and regional councils to prepare for extreme winter weather.
The situation can be life-threatening, as people are known to have frozen to death, especially the elderly and children, during harsh Israeli winters.
As the temperatures in Israel drop and the weather gets colder, Colel Chabad is doing its part to bring warmth to many Israelis who cannot afford to heat their homes.
Preemptive measures are underway across Jerusalem as the capital prepares to cope with the expected snowstorm in the coming week.
“For our IDF soldiers, maintaining security when winter weather arrives brings its own challenges,” including assuring that soldiers are kept warm and dry.
For impoverished families and the elderly, winter poses a real threat to their health and even survival.
Over the weekend, Israel was soaked with precipitation across the country, with heavy snow in the north and non-stop rain in many central and southern areas.
Parts of Israel were hit with extreme winter weather conditions as snow fell in the north and flash flooding occurred in the south during a winter storm.
Israel’s first real winter storm is expected to hit this weekend, starting on Thursday with heavy rain, high winds, and snow in high altitudes.