U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation neededSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 13:17
U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed
By Barbara Starr
November 19th, 2012
02:34 PM ET
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.