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Comptroller says budget gaps leave settlements, border towns vulnerable to attacks

In its annual report released on Tuesday, the ’s Office slammed a wide range of government bodies and decisions for shortcomings including insufficient funding to ensure the security of citizens living in and near the Green Line.

According to State Comptroller , a budget shortfall has led to a lack of security fences, security lighting and other necessary facilities for the approximately 900,000 citizens living in or near the West Bank. Infrastructure for communication between local authorities and the army is also lacking, according to the report, and could “delay the response of security forces in the event of an infiltration into a settlement and harm coordination, in a manner that could threaten lives.”

This, Englman wrote, was despite that region being “the most-threatened area” and there being “recognized gaps” in necessary security measures. The IDF Home Front Command approved NIS 54 million ($16 million)

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