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MDA Heroes Continue Serving in Judea and Samaria

Posted By : Erik Levis January 3, 2018

Magen David Adom, with its uncompromising dedication to saving lives, announced it will continue serving communities in Judea and Samaria for the next three weeks despite the Israeli government’s refusal to fund MDA’s budget for these services.

MDA took the drastic step of threatening to halt services in Judea and Samaria as a result of two years of non-compliance and non-payment by the Israeli government. After demands by Knesset members and the Judea & Samaria Council that the Health Ministry fulfill its financial agreement, MDA has decided to continue its lifesaving activities in Judea & Samaria for the next three weeks while the Ministry pays MDA for its work.

MDA does not receive Israeli government funding for its day-to-day operations. But it does bid for certain government projects, such as providing emergency services to isolated communities in Judea and Samaria. When it wins the bids, MDA’s expectation is that the Ministry of Health will fulfill its part of the agreement.

“Funding these services is the responsibility of the government and the local municipalities,” said MDA Director-General Eli Bin. “Without it, MDA has had to fund its activity out of its own budget which, unlike other EMS organizations all over the world that are directly funded by the government, comes from donations and fundraising.”

In a related story, the Judea & Samaria Council scolded United Hatzalah (a small, independent EMS service) for involving itself in, and seeking to take advantage of, the impasse between MDA and the Health Ministry. United Hatzalah claimed it was prepared to fill any void left by MDA in Judea and Samaria, despite being only able to offer a fraction of MDA’s services and resources.

“Cutting any funding to MDA, is irresponsible, and has a direct negative impact on the residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, who will be left without emergency medical services,” read a letter from the Judea & Samaria Council to United Hatzalah Assistant Director of Operations, Dov Meisel. “We view this in great severity. The residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley will not be ‘held hostage’ over a monetary dispute. You (United Hatzalah) as well share the responsibility of understanding the emergency medical needs of the residents.

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