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Fearing Next Lebanon War, Israel Makes Emergency Preperations

Hezbollah rocket strikes Haifa hospital during Second Lebanon War (Photo: wikicommons/tomer.gabel)

During the Second Lebanon War, residents of northern Israel were heavily attacked by over 4,000 terrorist rockets. While the city of Haifa had emergency procedures in place at the time, Haaretz's Gili Cohen writes of the emergency procedures Israel has in place for its people in the event of another such conflict:

“Hezbollah leader [Hassan] Nasrallah and Hamas are preparing a surprise attack. So now the rapid response team has 10 people with weapons at home, and they’re not worried about it. The kibbutz has invested in other means as well such as lighting and radio systems.”

The scenario described by Razili, now a reserve lieutenant colonel and during the Second Lebanon War a battalion commander at officer training school, is a Hezbollah attempt to capture a locale in the north.

“Hezbollah wants to show a street in Metula with burned-out cars and its flags flying. You’ll need the entire army to take it back,” says Razili, who believes the organization would suffice with holding territory for a few hours, “planting their flags, taking prisoners and putting it all on Twitter.”

The plan being crafted by the army involves evacuating civilians living near the border – evacuating, says Home Front Command, not abandoning entire communities. In the south, plans are already in place, whether for the evacuation of a kibbutz due to a specific warning or the evacuation of 21 communities four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

“If you evacuate all the residents, Hezbollah will have less incentive to attack,” Razili says.

Yahav predicts that in an emergency, thousands of people from Haifa and the suburbs would stream to the Carmel Tunnels, whose construction was completed in 2010.

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