President Shimon Peres said that he supports the security forces and Israel Electric Corporation workers and is concerned for those still disconnected from electricity and other infrastructure. He added: "I'm not suggesting covering up the criticism if it exists, but I am proud of the authorities' work until now."
Peres described the storm's implications for the President's Residence: "At the President's Residence we too turned into a 'little kibbutz.' Security personnel slept on the office floor and we all shared the food during Shabbat." (Noam 'Dabul' Dvir)