IDF simulates war with Hamas, Hezbollah in 10-day exercise
Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) is currently in the midst of a 10-day military exercise which simulates combat fighting against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and against Hezbollah on the northern front, an army statement said on Saturday.
The IDF’s Commando Brigade, which was created three years ago, is engaging in a variety of simulated scenarios during the 10-day exercise, including extensive cooperation with the air force, such as airlift and close air support.
The Commando Brigade also engages in “simulated redeployment between combat arenas, open area warfare and urban warfare,” according to IDF’s statement.
“This is the sixth exercise of the new Brigade, and is part of a line of Brigade exercises that were concluded recently and are at the base of the process to enhance the IDF's capabilities for emergency and combat,” the statement added.
The exercise comes amid an ongoing spat between a Defense Ministry Ombudsman and the IDF General Staff over the army’s readiness for war.
IDF Ombudsman, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick, wrote a letter to Prime Miniter Benjamin Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in October, describing the situation in the IDF as “worse than it was at the time of the Yom Kippur War,” where Israel was caught off guard by Syria and Egypt.
Brick later wrote a letter to the Israeli Parliament’s (Knesset) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, expressing concern over the “top brass” of the IDF.
“What I’m presenting to you… you will not hear from the top brass of the IDF. Among many commanders, it’s not just that some aren’t aware, but that even those who are aware are afraid to tell, to bring it up, lest they be swallowed up,” Brick wrote. Parts of the letter were obtained by Times of Israel.
In a six page letter, Brick quotes IDF officers speaking critically about the military’s tanks and armored personnel carriers.
“The work needed in order to fix a tank that’s back from training exercises takes at least two days… In practice, we work on the tanks for just a few hours, leave them with problems and look the other way,” an IDF officer was quoted by Brick as saying.
IDF Chief of Staff, Gadi Eisenkot dismissed the harsh words from Brick, saying the army is “at a high level of preparedness and readiness for war with regard to any threat. As the person responsible for the army’s readiness for war, I declare that the IDF is prepared for any mission required of it.”
Eisenkot reiterated that assessment in a statement on Saturday after visiting the Commando Brigade.
"The commanders and soldiers of the Brigade carried out all of the missions they were given, both simple and complex, with a high level of professionalism. This exercise proves that the Brigade is prepared to deal with any scenario required of it and that it is ready to face any enemy in any area,” Eisenkot said.
The argument IDF’s capabilities also played out at the highest political level this week between Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Netanyahu.
“We impose on our warriors legal and conceptual hoops” they must jump through. “Our warriors are more worried about the Military Advocate General Corps than about (Hamas leader) Yahya Sinwar in Gaza,” Bennett said.
Netanyahu simply responded by saying “IDF soldiers are not afraid of anyone.”
Since Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire last week, the Israeli government has come under immense pressure from Gaza border residents and lawmakers for failing to provide security to Israeli citizens.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired more than 500 rockets towards Israel last week in response to a covert mission in Gaza by Israeli special forces that left seven Palestinians and one Israeli soldier killed.
Avigdor Liberman announced his decision to resign as defense minister following the ceasefire which he labeled a “capitulation to terror”.
The Israeli army regularly simulates warlike situations in the north and near Gaza, due to assessment that Hezbollah and Hamas are threats to Israel’s national security.
Israel has fought three wars with Hamas in Gaza, and two wars in Lebanon. Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 served as an impetus for the creation of Hezbollah with the full backing of Iran.
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Maybe this report will entice Iran to order their proxies onto the battlefield..just saying, Taquiya works in Israel as well... Maybe Iran will see through this. " Now where is the popcorn" .?
The left is full of illusions. Pal will never compromise willingly.