by: Kate Norman
Monday, 26 October 2020 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a large-scale military exercise on Sunday, “which simulates a multi-arena scenario focusing on the northern arena,” the military announced on its website.
The goal of the drill, dubbed “Lethal Arrow,” is “improving the IDF’s attack ability and testing all levels [of the military] in an integrated way,” the military said on its website.
The general staff exercise will see the Navy, Air Force and ground forces join with Israel’s intelligence, technology, logistics and cyber defense directorates working together to improve cooperation across the branches.
The drill, which was planned in advance for the military’s 2020 training, is scheduled to end on Thursday.
“This is a critical exercise in maintaining the operational capability of our forces that must be maintained,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Twitter.
“Along with the mobilization of the defense establishment and the IDF for the war on the coronavirus,” he continued, “we are constantly preparing for the threats and challenges facing the State of Israel within its borders and away from them.”
Israel has kept a close eye on its northern borders and the constant threat of Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah, with whom the Jewish state last fought a war in 2006. Since then, military experts believe the Iran-backed terror puppet has increased its weapons stockpile significantly.
The IDF announced that civilians will likely notice more nationwide movement of aircraft, troops and military vehicles as well as increased activity at Israel’s ports in Haifa and Ashdod.
Though Lethal Arrow is the largest military exercise of the year, the drill was reportedly significantly scaled back from the original plan due to the pandemic.
“We emphasize that special health procedures have been adapted to the exercise and it will take place with full adherence to the procedures for maintaining the health of the participants,” the IDF statement said.
Posted on October 26, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 26, 2020)
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