Israel is drawing up plans for evacuating up to a quarter-million civilians from communities on its borders should full-scale war erupt with neighboring Islamic militant and terror groups, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The mass evacuation, code-named “Safe Distance”, would be the largest in Israel’s history, and its implementation is a real possibility, say military authorities.
“In 2017, all of Israel is under threat,” Colonel Itzik Bar of the military’s Homefront Command told the AP.
He pointed specifically to recent incendiary rhetoric from the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which lingers on Israel’s northern borders.
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