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Driving Into the Storm: IDF’s Road Warriors

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

They are always on call, and at a moment’s notice they are ready to drive the IDF’s combat soldiers to wherever they need – even inside the battlefield.

In Israel, the borders are never quiet, and our soldiers need to be ready to act whenever something happens. But how do they get to the border quickly in case of an emergency? That’s the job of the IDF’s large off-road vehicles. These vehicles can drive up to 60 kilometers per hour, carry up to 15 soldiers and a lot of equipment, and are fully armored.

NEED-FOR-SPEED

The IDF’s off-road drivers are stationed on bases near the border. They work in shifts, so that at any given time, there are at least two drivers ready to go. They all begin their careers as regular drivers, and only the best become off-road drivers, because they have the immense responsibility of transporting soldiers to the field through dangerous terrain. Their number-one priority is safety: Every driver must get at least seven hours of sleep a day, and they won’t drive unless everyone is wearing seatbelts.

Sergeant Amin Abu-Saadi is a Druze soldier who lives in Daliyat Al-Karmel and serves as an off-road driver. “I love my job very much”, says Amin. “I’ve loved vehicles and driving since I was a child. At first I didn’t want to enlist in the army, because I’m the only brother out of five who stayed at home with my parents, but my commander helped me a lot, and now I’m doing what I love while helping the combat soldiers.”

OPERATIONAL ACTIVITY

Whenever the sensors on the border fence detect something suspicious, or when the field observers detect a foreign object (that could be a terrorist attempting to enter Israel), our soldiers are sent immediately to the scene. The off-road drivers need to be alert. When duty calls, they have to run to their vehicles, and drive the soldiers quickly to the scene. “It’s a very challenging job,” Amin says, “you have to be focused and alert at all times.”

The drivers’ routine activity mostly involves reconnaissance missions on the border. Since the off-road vehicles drive through dangerous places, the vehicle is armored, even the tires. “People shoots at my vehicle daily in Judea and Samaria,” Amin says. “At first it was scary, but I got used to it. When I’m driving with soldiers and we get shot at, I have to just keep on driving.”

At the end of the day, the drivers are always here to help the IDF’s combat soldiers, and put their lives at risk every day to make sure IDF operations are successful.
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Lebanon Nabs Israeli Who Jumped over Border Fence

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The IDF has confirmed reports that Lebanese soldiers caught an Israeli citizen who jumped over the border fence near Rosh HaNikra, on the northeast Mediterranean Coast.

His identity has not been released, and it is not known if he is Jewish or an Arab, nor are there any clues regarding his motives.

Israeli army officials are investigating how the man crossed the border without being spotted by soldiers.

Lebanese officials are questioning the man, described as 34 years old.

In Sinai, Egyptian Police on Strike

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Israel’s border with Egypt [Project Sand Timer] is long (266 kilometers), and has enormous strategic importance given what happens on the far side. Though demarcated by a new steel fence, it constitutes a major headache for those charged with keeping Israel safe and secure.

The part-constructed fence already secures part of the border, but (a) it will be months before it is completed; (b) there is already at least one tunnel that brings ‘smugglers’ under it (see this Arab news report from yesterday); and (c) fences are of modest value against attacks by rocket-equipped terrorists.

We have written numerous times about the growing lawlessness of Egyptian Sinai and the danger of having the terrorists essentially in control is a huge one.

Now the Egyptian police, who do whatever it is they do down there, are on strike.

Egyptian police protest in Sinai, Cairo demanding weapons  | Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Mar 2013

Dozens of police officers across different directorates in Sinai are on strike for the second day in a row. This includes officers in the directorates of Tour Sinai, Ras Sidr, Taba and Saint Catherine. Security personnel are protesting against what they describe as “inhumane and degrading” working conditions. They also demand that low-ranking officers and employees be armed so that they can defend themselves from the recurring dangers they are exposed to while on duty. The officers claim that their lives are in danger as ministry leaders refuse to allow them access to weapons, urging them to maintain self-restraint. They also demand to be awarded excellence bonuses on a regular basis. The officers said that they would be suspending work until their demands are fulfilled. In Cairo, dozens of police officers from the Old Cairo Police Directorate blocked off Salah Salem Street, a major thoroughfare leading to Cairo International Airport, early on Tuesday, bringing traffic flow to a complete halt. The officers were angry at the death of a fellow officer who died in the line of duty as he attempted to stop a bank robbery. They are demanding more access to live ammunition to defend themselves. Security forces managed to coax protesting officers into reopening the road to traffic.

This is not likely to produce a good result.

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