Posts Tagged ‘Training’
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
IDF soldiers, reservists and local security units participated in a massive training drill in the town of Efrat, Gush Etzion, reenacting an infiltration of terrorists into the settlement, on March 02, 2015.
The IDF’s central command called a surprise training exercise in the West Bank to test reservists’ alertness and to prepare for the possibility of a possible escalation in Judea and Samaria.
Efrat is a beautiful town!
IDF training and resources in 2015 will be concentrating on strengthening two primary threat assessment areas, protecting Israel’s external borders and tunnel fighting.
The army believes that Israel’s biggest threats will be emanating from across the borders where the various radical Islamic terror groups have taken over, or will be taking over. The IDF will be allocating three times the amount of reserve unit resources to concentrate on protecting Israel’s borders.
The tunnel related training will revolve around underground fighting, as well as destroying the tunnels and the terrorists inside, from above without entering the tunnel.
A new training ground will be built with an underground tunnel systems for the purpose of training the IDF troops, and in particular elite units who will specialize in tunnel fighting.
The IDF also expects a new round of violence in Judea and Samaria this year as the Palestinian Authority’s budgetary problems escalate.Jewish Press News Briefs
A new U.S. agreement with Turkey to train and equip five thousand moderate Syrian opposition forces “is not a serious effort at all to win a war,” a displaced Syrian activist refugee says. Aboud Dandachi, who now lives in Istanbul, Turkey says a plan to train and arm 5,000 moderate Syrian opposition forces is “not serious at all.”
The plan signed by the United States at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is intended to train, equip and arm 5,000 troops. Congress has already allocated half a billion dollars for the project, but according to a Pentagon spokesperson, only 1,200 “moderates” have been “identified” for the program slated to begin in mid-March. How long will it take U.S. military specialists to train, equip and arm 5,000 Syrian rebels? How effective will this program be? Will it help change the picture with Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist group? Will anything be resolved in Syria by this?
Dandachi has had first-hand experience observing the factors that led to the nightmare that once was his homeland. A business person, he became a refugee within his own country after being forced to leave his home in Homs when the Syrian Army launched an artillery and tank assault on his neighborhood. After moving from one place to the next and following the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against two Damascus neighborhoods, Dandachi made the painful decision to leave his homeland and traveled to Istanbul, arriving in September 2013. He has a rather sardonic view of President Barack Obama’s new plan to help Syrian rebel forces. As to the American president’s international credibility …. well …
“Where do I begin with the problem with this approach,” Dandachi replied in an exclusive interview conducted via the Internet with JewishPress.com on Thursday. “If an Israeli wants a career in the IDF, he or she knows where to sign up. If any Jew anywhere in the world wants to dedicate a few years of their lives to serving Israel, they know the address.
“You can’t build a military by “scouting” soldiers; you need people to know where to come forward,” Dandachi said. “As a Syrian I can’t very well sit around and hope to be ‘discovered’ by Obama,” he continued. “And then if I were, it will be a cold day in hell before I trust him to sell me a used car, much less supply me with weapons.
“War is a potentially long term affair; will Obama keep this force supplied for the years it may take to have any effect? The Americans have proven notoriously fickle in the past,” he observed. (Ed. – More than one news commentator has made similar remarks, referencing America’s behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan, for starters.)
Somewhat taken aback by his candor, this writer asked a second time about the advisability of revealing his identity – but was told “by all means” to go ahead.
“I was never a fighter and I will never be one, I’ve never held a gun in my life, but I’m sure that’s what many potential fighters could be thinking right now,” Dandachi wrote. “When the U.S. went to war in WWII and Vietnam, it didn’t want to “vet” its potential pool of recruits – it drafted anyone above a certain age. When you wage all-out war you can’t hand-pick your fighters; you need to make sure of the widest possible amount of potential manpower available.
“Training” several thousand soldiers is not a serious effort at all to win a war,” he contended.
By the way — Dandachi’s point has some merit: how effective can 5,000 U.S.-trained troops be against the combined forces of Syrian military forces, backed and equipped by Russia and Iran, fighting side by side with the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards force and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrilla fighters?
Syrian “moderate” forces will also be facing the “other” Syrian rebel faction — that of the radical Islamist rebels linked to Al Qaeda (Jabhat al Nusra, for instance) and now also Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). That force alone numbers in the tens of thousands: the most recent estimates place the total number of “moderate” Syrian rebel fighters at best at 20,000.
Can this cause be saved?Hana Levi Julian
New York City police officers were given new orders on Sunday at roll call: “Remain alert and consider tactics at all times.”
It sounds pretty basic but the instructions carried an extra bit of warning after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group issued a new direct threat to the world.
“Pay close attention, and look for their hands,” the curt memo continues.
New York’s finest are already in a state of heightened security in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.
Although there has been no specific threat extra police were placed on patrol after ISIS issued a worldwide call to attack soldiers, police, civilians and anyone else by “lone wolf” operators.
In addition, police were told they can no longer sit together to eat or wait in patrol cars; one officer must be outside standing guard at all times.
“Basically… none of us are safe,” commented a correspondent for New York’s ABC News.
However, NYPD has yet to prepare its force to meet the challenge in a comprehensive way. Few of the patrol officers on the street have actually received any training whatsoever in how to deal with terrorism. Such skills are not part of the regular Police Academy curriculum for America’s largest police force, even though one could argue that New York is one of the three top targeted cities in the United States.
Since the Al Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers at New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the NYPD ESU squad is tasked with responding to terror threats. But the rank and file has had no such training; the force is poorly equipped to deal with the kind of challenges that Paris security personnel had to face last week.
Hana Levi Julian
Finance Minister Yair Lapid was apparently not satisfied with the IDF decision to cancel military reservist training for the entire year.
A bare few hours after IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz made the announcement, the Finance Ministry also rejected a separate funding request for a cash infusion to the defense establishment.
Moreover, according to a source who spoke with Ynet, the ministry plans to slash more of the military budget for fiscal 2015.
Right down to the bone.
The ministry claims the cuts come in response to a Bank of Israel estimate released Monday urging the government to balance the books by raising taxes to the tune of some NIS 18 billion and trimming the budget in each ministry for fiscal 2015.
Critics say the IDF is using the elimination of reservist training as a weapon against the budget cuts.
Traditionally, the defense establishment has been the one area in which cuts kept to a minimum, if any are made at all. But there are those who believe the IDF should trim the number of career soldiers it maintains and take a second look at restructuring pensions and other benefits.
The chief of staff expressed his concern Tuesday in a statement warning, “This is no trick, and no shtick. I am very concerned. The IDF is in the service of the people, not the other way around. We will make every effort to secure the safety of Israeli citizens no matter the circumstances.”
But the question is how that can be carried out if reservists are untrained – and called upon to suddenly use — any new equipment that arrives on Israeli shores.
Moreover, as Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon pointed out Tuesday, the financial stress on the IDF is “not new – the figures were presented to the Cabinet at the beginning of the year.” The defense budget, he noted, “is not the biggest one” and he too warned that “it is growing smaller.”
Ya’alon said that due to Lapid’s budget cuts, “We will not call up reserves even for operational activity.”
Translation: All military activities will have to be carried out by active forces only – and most are young and relatively inexperienced. A high percentage have never been through a war.
At present, the head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s paramilitary force has announced he believes it is time to end the security cooperation agreement with Israel. That Fatah-led force is on the verge of merging with Gaza’s Hamas terror organization.
If Lapid succeeds in slashing the IDF budget, what will happen should the new PA unity government decide to challenge Israel’s existence altogether in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, with aid from Arab nations?Hana Levi Julian