Yesterday’s rocket attack launched from Gaza not only broke the silence between the last such strikes, but also brought the Israelis who live near the Gaza border back into focus, as they are the people whose lives are most directly threatened by such terrorist activities. The Jerusalem Post’s Noam Amir and Maariv Hashavua look at Israel’s plan to evacuate those towns in harm’s way once the next war with Hamas begins:
Towns located up to seven kilometers from the border of the Gaza Strip will be evacuated according to predetermined, mapped locations which will make room for the proper defense management without harming citizens.
Ten months after Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Defense Forces, the National Emergency Authority and the local authorities in the South are in the final stages of formulating a plan to evacuate the residents of the South in the event of another Gaza conflict.
The program, entitled “safe distance,” will provide an evacuation plan for all communities within a seven-kilometer radius of the Gaza Strip.
Each community will be informed of its evacuation plan and in that way residents will know where to go and who will be hosting them before there is a need to evacuate. The distribution of evacuation maps is already under way. The military will be the one with the authority to determine when it is time to evacuate…