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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

U.S. Warships Near Israel In Case of Evacuation (Update)

The U.S. has deployed warships near Israel in case they are needed to evacuate U.S. citizens. From CNN:
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials.

The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines.

But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed.
Unless the Administration is anticipating either more significant rocket attacks, or ground combat within Israel proper, this seems overkill. Or are there American citizens in Israel Gaza that they are concerned with?

(Update: Fixed typo).

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