Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90
Israeli Combat Engineering Corps of the Central Command during a military training in the Golan Heights in northern Israel on Sept. 4, 2008.

By Lilach Shoval and Israel HaYom Staff

The Israel Defense Forces’ elite Golani Brigade ‎held a large drill this week simulating battles ‎with Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border.‎


The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stressed that the exercise was ‎routine and was part of a series of‏ ‏drills ‎by the 36th Division in the northern sector.

The drill included armored, engineering and ‎artillery forces that simulated various scenarios of clashes with the ‎Iranian-backed Shi’ite terrorist group, including ‎open-area and urban warfare in daytime and ‎nighttime conditions.‎

The exercise also included collaborations between ‎ground, air and intelligence troops and the use of ‎new technological capabilities recently introduced ‎by the IDF. ‎

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot observed ‎the drill on Wednesday and lauded the troops’ ‎wartime readiness.‎

‎“Each exercise reflects the IDF’s operational, ‎physical and mental readiness. The soldiers’ ‎strength can be felt on the ground; this is ‎Golani’s fighting spirit,” he told the troops. ‎

As part of its ongoing training for a potential ‎future war with Hezbollah, the IDF is in the ‎process of building a training compound in northern ‎Israel that would include six “Hezbollah villages.”‎

The premises will simulate dense urban surroundings, ‎including different buildings, mosques, underground ‎compounds and more. Thick vegetation will also be ‎planted in the compound to better mimic the ‎situation on the ground in Lebanon. ‎

The IDF expects to complete the compound’s ‎construction by the end of the year. ‎ ‎