In an Army Radio interview, the former Defense Minister MK Amir Peretz, told his listeners, “We have to invest close to NIS 2 billion ($560M) so that we will be prepared on the northern front.”
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The north is unprepared for an escalation with Iran, should it occur, said MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), who served as minister of defense during the Second Lebanon War, on Tuesday. Israel’s main problem, he added, is Iran trying to “incite threats in Syrian territory.”
“A central point is that in the North, we are not prepared from the perspective of defending the home front, we have a lot to do,” he told Army Radio. Continue Reading »
The IDF Engineering Corps is fashioning a 9-10 meter (30-33ft) cliff around the border community of Hanita, making it harder for Hezbollah terrorists to cross into Israel during the next war.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
The Israel Defense Forces invited Reuters on Wednesday to film ongoing construction work along Israel’s border with Lebanon, where bulldozers have been at work excavating a cliff.
The IDF is excavating part of a cliff to create an additional barrier along its border with Lebanon – Photo: Reuters
Lt. Gen. Eli David, an engineering officer in a northern division, told Reuters that similar construction works were taking place all along the Israeli-Lebanon border. Continue Reading »
IDF has been conducting new drills between the IAF and their northern territorial brigades.
The Israel Air Force has recently completed a series of drills aimed at improving the responses of drone operators to attempted hostile infiltrations of the country’s borders.
THIS HERON drone featured in Northern Command drills aimed at improving responses to attempted infiltrations by terrorists. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The drills factored in lessons learned from the deadly antitank missile attack launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon in January, which killed two IDF soldiers. They also included lessons learned from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year. Continue Reading »
The IDF is being ultra-cautious since the air strike on Sunday that killed 6 Hezbollah & 6 Iranian Revolutionary Guards senior commanders near Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
The IDF will increase its presence in northern communities throughout Thursday. As a result, local residents will see an increase in military traffic in their areas.
An IDF soldier stands atop a tank near Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. – Photo: REUTERS
The measures are aimed at preparing the IDF for potential Hezbollah attacks.
The defense establishment is being ultra-sensitive since an air strike on Sunday that killed 12 Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps senior operatives near Quneitra, Syria, and Iranian vows to take revenge. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Air Force on high alert, along with artillery batteries, infantry & armored units added along Israel’s northern border as IDF evaluates situation.
• Chief of General Staff Gantz cancels plans to attend NATO summit in Europe.
The IDF identified suspicious activity on the Lebanese side of the northern border fence on Wednesday evening, leading to road closures and local communities being put on alert.
The alert is the result of the defense establishment being ultra-sensitive since an air strike on Sunday that killed 12 Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps senior operatives near Quneitra, Syria, and Iranian vows to take revenge. Continue Reading »
With IAF jets flying overhead, Kiryat Shmona is carrying out maintenance of its bomb shelters, in case of unexpected escalation.
Civilians in Israel’s northern communities are carrying on with their daily routines, but there is tension following the reported attack on a Syrian chemical weapons factory and ensuing threats from Iran and Syria.
As of Friday morning, the IDF has not instructed authority heads to take any special steps, but Kiryat Shmona, Israel’s northernmost city, has embarked on a project of cleaning and maintenance of its bomb shelters.
The Home Front Command noted Thursday that no special instructions have been issued, and there is no need to raise the level of alert. Continue Reading »