Controversy in Israel over tank parts containing Asbestos

Ynet is reporting that despite the danger of being exposed to carcinogens, the former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon permitted the Israeli Defense Forces to continue to install new parts made of asbestos in tanks and armored personnel carriers. Ya’alon insisted on their installation even though outgoing Minister of Environmental Protection Avi Gabai and his staff repeatedly warned that the parts can threaten the health of soldiers and their installation is illegal.

Approximately two months ago Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the IDF is installing new parts, which contain asbestos, in tanks and APCs, even though the Asbestos Law, which is supposed to apply to the military, forbids importing anything that contains asbestos. Ministry of Environmental Protection staff discovered the asbestos when they toured an IDF facility and observed the negligent removal of asbestos from old armored vehicles.

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