by: Ilse Strauss
Thursday, 21 January 2021 | For the first time in its 73-year history, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is gearing up for a massive, month-long drill simulating a full-scale war involving all branches of the military.
The exercise—meant to sharpen the IDF’s “readiness and ability” to face a multi-front assault on a battlefield extending from the Gaza Strip in the south to the northern border with Syria and Lebanon—marks the military’s first foray into a drill of this size and scope.
“During the month, all aspects of combat will be simulated—from multidimensional defense to limiting the threat of projectiles and denying victories for the enemy, while conducting a series of multi-faceted barrages to strike enemy weaponry, headquarters, training camps, infrastructure and command-and-control centers,” the IDF said in a statement.
According to the military, the drill will involve both conscripted and reserve units from every regional command, branch and directorate, simulating scenarios “in the air, at sea and on land.” Representatives from the cabinet, Defense Ministry, National Emergency Management, Foreign Ministry and other security services have been appointed to observe and evaluate.
The IDF said the main goal of the exercise was to ensure that Israel’s fighting force remains prepared to defend the country and its people from all threats at all times, and to test new plans and strategies implemented by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.
However, Israel’s defense commentators also interpreted the announcement of the drill as an important message to Iran and its terror proxies perched on Israel’s borders—Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and perhaps more importantly, Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Although the exact date and nature of the exercise are still to be determined pending coronavirus restrictions, the war games are slated to take place in the upcoming summer.
Posted on January 21, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 13, 2021)
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