Posts Tagged ‘drill’
Members of the Knesset Honor Guard took part in the nationwide civil defense exercise today.
The air raid sirens began going off after 11:05 AM throughout the country, and government employees, students and citizens were asked to head to the nearest emergency shelter as part of the exercise.
The Knesset Honor Guards participating in the drill began making sure that everyone in the Knesset headed in the right direction.
A simulated terrorist shooting on one of Israel’s main roads was one of the scenarios played out this weekend during a counter-terrorism drill carried out by several IDF combat units.
Among those participating were the Nahal Brigade 50th battalion and the 401 Brigade 46th battalion. Both were directed to run a quick sweep of the main road, neutralizing the simulated threat, tracking down and capturing terrorists while tending to the wounded.
The exercise was later deemed a success, with forces correctly locating the “terrorists” and arresting them.
Drivers in northern Israel may find some of their travels a bit more exciting by Sunday morning, according to the IDF, with a military exercise designed to continue until Wednesday.
The new drill began late Saturday night in the Galilee, according to the IDF Spokesperson. “During the exercise drivers may become aware of additional traffic from security forces and other additional vehicles,” the IDF Spokesperson said.
However, none of this has anything to do with what’s going on north of the border, he emphasized. There was no comment on a claim by the Lebanese army on Saturday that Israel quietly removed a spying device it placed near Har Dov on the northern side of Mount Hermon. Lebanon had told international media in a statement the reconnaissance device was spotted by a patrol on Thursday – but when a second force went back to take the device it had already been removed by the IDF.
“The exercise was planned in advance as part of the 2016 Training Calendar, designed to maintain competency and readiness among the military forces,” the IDF Spokesperson explained.Hana Levi Julian
A rocket alert went off in Tel Aviv, around 10:20 AM on Tuesday.
It is just a drill, not an attack.Jewish Press News Briefs
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.Hana Levi Julian
School children around the country sat in bomb shelters today as sirens sounded throughout Israel at 11:05 AM as part of a of an IDF Home Front Command drill simulating a missile attack on the country.
There will be another siren at 7:05 PM this evening.
Yup, that’s the kind of neighborhood we live in (but I wouldn’t live anywhere else).Photo of the Day
The Israel Defense Forces held a surprise military drill this weekend in Judea, Samaria and all territories won by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.
The unannounced two-day exercise involved the mobilization of some 13,000 troops.
It was the first time in three years such a drill has been held.
The drill, held by Central Command, was intended to “test the army’s level of readiness,” according to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
Although the exercise was held on the same day the Palestinian Authority threatened to dissolve its security cooperation with Israel, an army spokesperson said the timing was “not necessarily linked to anything specific.”
Last month Israel stopped transferring tax funds it collects on behalf of the PA, after the entity violated the Oslo Accords and unilaterally declared itself an independent sovereign nation and joined world bodies, including the International Criminal Court at The Hague. In response, Israel began to apply the monies to the massive debt owed by the PA to the Israel Electric Company.
The PA followed up by threatening to halt security cooperation as well as other relations with Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call last week not to halt security coordination with Israel, Arab media reported.
State Dept. spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists in a briefing Friday that Kerry and Abbas “discussed current dynamics between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and the importance of ensuring the financial viability of the Palestinian Authority.”
When reporters tried to pin her down on specifics, Psaki did not deny the report, offering more words without a straight answer.Hana Levi Julian