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Posts Tagged ‘Northern Command’

Hezbollah Vows to Attack Israel ‘With Wisdom’

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization reassured the Beirut government last week it would use “wisdom” in attacking Israel and take Lebanon into consideration. Israel calmly beefed up military forces in the north and flew sorties over southern Lebanon.

Sunni Future Movement parliamentarian Ahmad Fatfat told the Elnashra news agency last week, “Fears of war between Hezbollah and Israel exist after [Hezbollah] showed no concern [for] the Lebanese interests as it implements an Iranian agenda.”

The secular party’s lawmaker made his remark in reference to a public vow by Iranian officials to avenge the death of a general from the elite Iranian Revolutional Guards unit. Hezbollah has long been serving as Iran’s proxy in Lebanon. The Iranian officer was killed last week with five others in his unit and six Hezbollah terrorists, including three commanders, when their convoy was attacked near Quneitra in Syria, in an airstrike attributed to Israel.

The IDF has not confirmed the attack.

“Hezbollah has not only the courage [to stand up to Israel] but also a high degree of wisdom,” said Lebanese government minister Muhammad Fneish. Also a member of Hezbollah, Fneish continued, “Whenever the response will come, Lebanon’s interests will be taken into consideration before anything,” he added, according to the Saturday edition of Kuwaiti daily “Al Anba’a.”

Fneish’s comments and the Al Anba’a article were translated Saturday by the Hebrew-language news website, Mako.

Also on Saturday, Israeli warplanes flew sorties over southern Lebanon and in the Beka’a Valley, according to Lebanese media. The move was part of a general military buildup by Israeli forces in the north.

On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces moved a number of troops up to the northern border area and security briefings were held at Northern Command headquarters in Tzefat.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met at headquarters with Command Chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Operations Branch head Maj.-Gen. Yoav Har Ev, and other senior command officers.

Ya’alon told reporters following the meeting that Israel will not tolerate attempts to harm its citizens. The IDF would respond “with force against any such attempt,” Ya’alon said.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Holds the World’s Largest Military Race

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

More than 11,000 soldiers participated in the Fifth Annual Ground Forces Race last week. According to officials with the IDF Fitness Department, this record-breaking number has made this year’s race the world’s largest foot race with only military personnel.

Commander of the IDF Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, who was among the runners, said, “This impressive accomplishment is a consequence of the revolutionary development of the physical fitness program of the Ground Forces. The revolution has come at the hands of steadfast combat commanders employing a stellar program of physical fitness.”

“The race is a powerful tradition that can enter the Guinness World Record books as the largest military race ever organized,” Turgeman added.

The IAF commando unit Shaldag finished in first place in the 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) race, with the Givati Commando brigade and Northern Command’s commando unit, Egoz, taking second and third places respectively.

This was only one of several heats held at the officer training academy base, Bahad 1.

The school for Military Field Intelligence won the prize for most participants.

One focus of this year’s race was the special competition designated for officers with the rank of Brigadier General and above, created to accommodate the large number of officials who took part in this year’s competition.

“Physical fitness begins with the commanders,” explained Head of the IDF Lifestyles department, Maj. Michel Dagan. “They are leading examples for the military lifestyle, and because of their high turnout we opened a special heat just for them.”

In this heat the winner was Brig. Gen. Itay Virob, commander of the course for company and battalion commanders, who is also expected to be appointed as head of the Infantry and Paratroopers later this year.

“The track is not easy, the field has a lot of ups and downs,” explained Maj. Dagan. “The level of fitness was very high and the professionalism was exceptional. This is made possible thanks to the change in our physical culture. This is a very important part of combat fitness and is a significant factor in the continued success of our fitness and lifestyle staff.”

IDF Spokesperson's Office

IAF to Tighten Rocket Detection and Alert Ties

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Israel’s Home Front Command (HFC) war room, which has been located inside the Air force command center, is moving to a new Ballistics  Image Management Center (BIMC), which only became operational in 2010. This will improve communication between the BIMC and HFC.

Charged with the task of discovering threats, the new BIMC, located in an undisclosed Airforce base, collaborates with HFC command, passing real-time information regarding incoming rockets. HFC then activates the alert system in relevant locations.

“Our goal is to make the cooperation between the two units more efficient,” says BIMC chief Major Ophir Wolfish. “The BIMC works in collaboration with many different units, like HFC, the Gaza Division, and the Northern Command. The better we communicate, the more we succeed.”

Tibbi Singer

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