Dagan joined the organization in a ceremony held at United Hatzalah’s headquarters, where he also personally dedicated an ambucycle to United Hatzalah’s fleet of over 300.
“It was a great pleasure and honor for me to join this organization, and to meet people who are willing to save lives, no matter the gender, color, or religion,” said Dagan. “I believe the cause is right. It is a just and worthy cause… I believe you are fulfilling the mission in a very profound way.”
According to a report on the Vois Es Neais web site, Meir Dagan, who retired from the Israeli army as a major general after 32 years of service and who served as a counterterrorism adviser and a national security adviser before taking the helm as Director-General at the Mossad under Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Binyamin Netanyahu, spent considerable time researching United Hatzalah before joining forces with the volunteer emergency medical corps.
“It took him two to three months to do his due diligence,” Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah of Israel and president of the United States based Friends of United Hatzalah, told VIN News. “He saw our volunteers in action in his home town of Tel Aviv and he loved that we have frum and non-frum people working together saving lives. He loves that we do our work for free, as volunteers, and he very much wanted to be involved.”
In an official statement Mr. Beer said: “I am honored that Major General Dagan has chosen to sit on our international board. He is a man that has dedicated his entire professional life to protecting and safeguarding Israel. With his help and advice as part of United Hatzalah’s international board of directors, we will undoubtedly be able to save even more lives.”
United Hatzalah is Israel’s first and largest fully-volunteer emergency rapid response service. With a fleet of over 300 ambucycles, United Hatzalah’s 2300 volunteers respond to nearby emergencies from mobile-alerts and are able to arrive first on site to administer urgent care within minutes from the initial call of distress – bridging the gap between emergency and ambulance arrival. United Hatzalah works exclusively with volunteers, they do not charge for their life saving treatment and rely purely on generous donations from supporters worldwide. For more information watch United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer’s TED talk or visit www.IsraelRescue.org.