Israel’s Office for National Security (ONS) announced plans for the first time in a year to use the streets for the annual Israeli Office and Public Sector Exercise (ONSE) in the West Bank.
The new plan calls for the evacuation of 1,400 Israeli residents of East Jerusalem, the Westbank, and the Gaza Strip, who have been ordered to leave their homes to avoid a possible security risk.
On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that the evacuation would take place on the grounds of the State Security Building in East Jerusalem.
The statement continued, “The evacuation will be conducted as soon as the security situation permits, including in accordance with security regulations that have been established by the Government of Israel.
The purpose of the exercise is to test the capabilities of the IDF and the Israel Defense Forces to maintain security on the territory, while also encouraging a positive dialogue with the Palestinian Authority. “
The exercise will take place in a location where there is no threat of terrorist attacks.
The move is the first in a series of security precautions in anticipation of the November 16 elections that Netanyahu will lead. “
This exercise will also be a good opportunity to discuss the security implications of the upcoming Palestinian elections, including the political, security, and economic implications for the West bank, as well as the possibility of the Palestinian state being recognized in the international arena.”
The move is the first in a series of security precautions in anticipation of the November 16 elections that Netanyahu will lead.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu said that the PA would not allow any Palestinian delegation to visit the Israeli embassy, citing a security threat that would endanger the election.