In the largest IDF drill since 1998, tens of thousands of people participated from the different military branches, including reservists, to bolster their preparedness for the next war on Israel’s northern frontier.
By Yoav Zitun
The Navy is drilling fighting off Hezbollah naval commandos mounting a surprise attack on Israel as part of a large-scale amphibious training exercise taking place in the north this week.
Among other scenarios, the Israeli sailors faced a swarm of jet skis and small motorboats carrying Hezbollah fighters, divers and suicide bombers.
IDF NAVY drill – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The drills are designed to prepare the navy for the most extreme scenarios in any future opening of a military campaign launched by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Continue Reading »
In order to trade for a serious UN resolution that improves & maintains the security situation on its northern border, the IDF will be forced to retain & occupy Southern Lebanon when Hezbollah forces the next war on Israel.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
In the event of another war with Hezbollah, the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure, in order to force a UN resolution that improves the security situation on the northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.
Thousands of soldiers from the 319th Armored Division, aka the Mapatz (“Bang”) Formation, the majority of them reservists, are currently drilling such a scenario during the second and final week of the Northern Command’s Or Hadagan exercise, the IDF’s largest in nearly 20 years. Continue Reading »
Juniper Cobra, a joint exercise which takes place every other year, enhances the interoperability between the IDF & U.S. European Command designed to improve integrated defensive capabilities.
By Alexander J. Apfel /TPS
The IDF and the United States European Command (US EUCOM) began their eighth ballistic missile defense exercise on Sunday.
Joint US-Israeli exercise – Photo: TPS
The joint exercise, known as Juniper Cobra, has taken place every two years since 2001. Its primary purpose is to enhance interoperability between the two militaries and improve joint defensive capabilities. The drills are not undertaken in preparation for any specific or potential scenario. Continue Reading »
View Video & Photo Album: Israel’s Defense Minister recently revealed the growing military ties between the Jewish State and its regional Arab allies, ties which until recently, have been shrouded beneath a blanket of secrecy for decades.
Israeli fighter pilots recently trained with their Arab counterparts in the United States, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday, referring to a joint exercise that a US official described as involving Jordanian planes.
Israeli F-15Is return from “Red Flag” – Photo: IDF Spokesperson
The remarks by Ya’alon followed Israel’s disclosure that its air force helped locate a Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Egyptian Sinai on Saturday – both rare departures from a policy of keeping Israeli-Arab military cooperation under wraps. Continue Reading »