Largest-Ever IDF Exercise Begins
Massive month-long maneuvers will simulate operations deep inside enemy territory
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched the largest exercise in its history today, Sunday. The exercise will last about a month and its participants will practice combat and emergency scenarios in all regions. Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi decided to carry out the “Chariots of Fire” exercise as planned despite mounting tensions in Jerusalem, in the south and in the north.
During the exercise, the armed forces will simulate a “month of war” for the first time since the establishment of the IDF in order to reach the next level in its readiness and fitness for war.
Regular and reserve forces from all commands will take part in the exercise. In addition, at the political level, the Ministry of Defense, the National Emergency Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other security agencies will take part.
The exercise involves practicing a broad, synchronized maneuver deep in enemy territory, including covert special forces operations.
At the same time, the Home Front Command and related civil services will conduct emergency and rescue training maneuvers in build-up areas.
In response to the exercise, Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia has reportedly gone on high alert.