(JNS.org) Israel’s nationwide homefront defense exercise reached its peak on
Monday, with two air-raid sirens going off midday and in the evening.
The Israeli Knesset during the country’s nationwide homefront defense exercise. Credit: Israel Hayom video.
Along with the sirens, citizens received messages on cellphones and
other communication devices with instructions, according to Israel Hayom. The exercise is intended
to test Israelis’ responses to emergencies at workplaces, schools and homes. If
there were no safe rooms in the vicinity when the sirens went off, citizens were
asked to seek the most protected area they could find and stay there for 10
The weeklong exercise, named “Resilient Homefront 1,” was designed to
simulate missile attacks all over Israel as part of a mock total war, including
urban population centers and areas of strategic importance. The exercise
simulates missiles being fired from Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, some of
them with chemical warheads.