by PressTV, June 2, 2009
Published here: Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 5:29 AM
Sirens wailed across Israel on the third day of Tel Aviv’s largest-ever military drill which is widely believed to be preparation for another war in the region.
The drill is widely believed to be in line with the regime’s preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities which they admit can ignite an all-out war in the region.
Israeli officials sound sirens on Tuesday as part of the five-day “Turning point 3” military exercises which has begun on Sunday to test the response to a “doomsday” mix of missile attacks from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as well as suicide bombings and natural disasters.
“The purpose of the siren is to affect the consciousness of the Israeli public,” Haaretz quoted Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai as saying.
“Every citizen of the state should know that an emergency drill can take place anytime anywhere and how they should act,” she added. The Tuesday exercise is meant to test the national system of 2,300 sirens.
The Home Front’s rescue battalions will also take part in the exercise, practicing rescuing victims from a building that was demolished especially for the event.
In Eilat, emergency forces will also simulate chemical and biological strikes on a school.
At the Mitzpe Golan School in Bnei Yehuda on the occupied Golan Heights, children lined up in a more or less orderly fashion to enter shuttered classrooms as the sirens began wailing.
“This kind of exercise is particularly relevant in the Golan as the danger is real,” one teacher said.
The area was among those that involved in the 33-day war that launched against Lebanese Hezbollah movement in the summer of 2006.
On several occasions, Israel admitted to its failure in the July War which was launched to destroy Hezbollah’s military power.
National Emergency Authority Chief, Brig. Gen. (res.) Ze’ev Zuk-Rom formerly acknowledged that “Turning Point 3” is to be held based on the lessons Israel learnt during its war against the Lebanese movement.
Hezabollah in cooperation with the Lebanese army has also heightened security measures along the southern border with Israel to repel possible threats during the ongoing drill.