The IDF has intensified its counter-terrorism training for officers and combat soldiers, according to a report by the Middle East Newsline.
A new course was launched by Central Command to train the troops in new ways of blocking lone wolf and mass casualty attacks.
At the command center, soldiers learn martial arts, combat skills, anti-riot and counter-fire techniques – a response to the recent uptick in Arab attacks in pre- and post-1967 Israel, Judea and Samaria.
The course incorporates experiences from previous attacks carried out by Fatah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, according to one instructor, 1st Lt. “Or.” The instructor explained the facility is equipped with various simulators – including some gauged to measure the reactions of the troops.
“Terrorists hide inside the mob and try to attack soldiers that approach,” he said, pointing out the course is designed to stymie just such a scenario.
The soldiers “enter a screening room where they take part in simulations testing their ability to stop stabbings as well as attempted abductions.”
Two of the most serious threats faced by IDF soldiers, said the military, are terrorists who try to steal weapons and stab civilians or soldiers.