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Rockets Fired from Syria Hit Northern Israel: Two rocket hits were identified in the Golan; IDF returned fire, fighter jets were sent forward

Alarm sounded in several towns near the border. Local residents were instructed to stay close to the protected spaces

Alarm sounded today (Tuesday) afternoon in the communities of: Redness, Al-Rom, Bukaata, Massadeh Majdal Shams, restaurant, Neve Ati''b, Nimrod and 'Ein Qiniya Golan Heights. The army said that four launches were identified from Syria, and that the two falls were located in northern plateau. The IDF returned fire and fired dozens of artillery shells at the area of Syria. At the same time, planes and helicopters were sent forward to the border area.

Home Front Command ordered the residents of the area to remain close to the protected spaces, and ordered farmers to move away from agricultural areas near the border with Syria. In addition, the police blocked main roads to avoid civilian vehicles to get to the border area.

Just last week, Lt. Gen. Benjamin “Benny” Gantz spoke of the situation in northern Israel. “IDF forces are closely monitoring the events taking place here [in northern Israel], and are prepared, alert, and ready to act if necessary,” he said.

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Operation Protective Edge: Egyptian FM announces ceasefire

On Tuesday evening, August 26, the Egyptian Foreign Minister announced a ceasefire, which entered into effect at 7 pm.​ Israel has agreed to Egyptian proposal for ceasefire that will be unlimited in time.

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, 4,562 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza - 1,042 since the violation of the ceasefire on August 19 - killing six civilians and wounding 127.

A rocket hit an Ashkelon home Tuesday morning, wounding over 20 people, including six young children.Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. In the afternoon, a rocket exploded in the playground of a kindergarten in Ashdod.
Shortly before 6:00 pm, Ze'ev Etzion, 55, and Shahar Melamed, 43, of Kibbutz Nirim were killed and four wounded in a mortar attack on the Eshkol region.

On Tuesday evening, the Egyptian Foreign Minister announced a ceasefire, which entered into effect at 7 pm. Until then, rocket alerts sounded throughout Israel's south. Hamas claimed responsibility for a rocket fired towards Tel Aviv.


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New Map Exposes Hamas’ Fortress in Shuja’iya

Hamas uses the residential neighborhood of Shuja’iya as a terrorist stronghold for its weapons, rockets, tunnels and command centers. This is why the IDF targeted multiple sites in Shuja’iya.


Shuja’iya is a densely populated neighborhood, close to the Karni Crossing and just over the border fence from the Israeli community of Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Shuja’iya is saturated with Hamas observation points and is home to a vast network of tunnels used for attacking Israel.

This map shows the many terror sites in Shuja’iya identified and targeted by the IDF. It confirms that the Shuja’iya neighborhood is a terrorist stronghold where Hamas uses residents as human shields.
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FM Liberman meets with German parliamentarians

What is important for the future is the creation of a control mechanism that will ensure that the funds and building materials that enter Gaza will be used solely for the building of civilian infrastructures - such as schools and health clinics - and not to produce rockets or to dig new tunnels.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem with a delegation of German parliamentarians who came to show solidarity and to express support for Israel. FM Liberman thanked them for their support and voiced his appreciation of the positions adopted by Germany in the European Union and other international forums with regard to Israel.

FM Liberman said that what is happening today in the Middle East is a colliding of civilizations between the free world and radical Islam, and what is happening in Gaza is only one manifestation of this - one of a long list of conflicts: in Libya, in Iraq, and elsewhere. This struggle is the greatest challenge facing the free world since World War II, and Europe must be committed to supporting Israel. Beyond the moral aspects of the issue, Israel is the vanguard on this front, because it represents Western values. This is why Islamic extremists are fighting Israel, said Liberman, and added that he is not sure that everyone in Europe understands this.

FM Liberman stressed that, with regard to Gaza, Israel has done what the international community and Europe advocated for years, dismantling all the Israeli communities there. In return, instead of peace and stability, we received radical Islam, which has been attacking Israel from Gaza with rockets and other terrorist activities, virtually since the day Israel disengaged from Gaza.

Hamas does not advocate the establishment of a Palestinian state or a two-state solution, but the establishment of a single, large Islamic state, said Liberman.

What is important for the future is the creation of a control mechanism that will ensure that the funds and building materials that enter Gaza will be used solely for the building of civilian infrastructures - such as schools and health clinics - and not to produce rockets or to dig new tunnels.
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PM Netanyahu meets with British Foreign Secretary Hammond

PM Netanyahu: "There's only been one other instance where a democracy has been rocketed and pelleted with these projectiles of death, and that's Britain during World War II. Israel is undergoing a similar bombardment now."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahumet with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and said at the start of their meeting:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "It's good to see you in Israel in these trying times. I think you, as a representative of the UK, of Britain, have a special understanding, at least a historical understanding, of what Israel is undergoing. There's only been one other instance where a democracy has been rocketed and pelleted with these projectiles of death, and that's Britain during World War II. Israel is undergoing a similar bombardment now. We're responding in our own way by targeting the rocketeers and seeking to ferret out these terrorists who are hiding behind civilians while firing at our civilians.

This is a double war crime, and naturally it's made more difficult for us to fight this criminality because as I've just shown you, the terrorists are firing rockets from schools, from mosques, from hospitals, from heavily civilian populations; and we have to try and are doing our best to minimize civilian casualties. But we cannot give our attackers immunity or impunity. We seek as best as we can to target them, but all the civilian deaths that are there - and we regret each one of them - are the responsibility of the Hamas, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terrorists who are in league with them.

This use of human shields is extraordinarily cynical. It's grotesque. It's inhuman. But what is equally grotesque is that Israel was condemned in the Human Rights Council. It's a travesty of justice; it's a travesty of fairness; it's a travesty of common sense; it's a travesty of truth. And I think that it will not prevent us from continuing to act to defend our people, to protect them against rocket attacks and to dismantle the vast terror tunnels network that we have seen that is geared to penetrate our territory. We'll continue with that activity in order to defend our people.

I want to thank you and Prime Minister Cameron for standing up for Israel's right to defend itself. I'm also aware of the fact that British Airways continues and continued its flights during the last few days, and that was equally appreciated. I thank you for keeping your moral focus and your moral clarity. We shall need it in the days ahead."

British Foreign Secretary Hammond: "Thank you, Prime Minister. I'm pleased to be here so early in my tenure as British Foreign Secretary and I'm here because the UK, along with the rest of the international community, is determined to do everything that it can to help to bring this current conflict to a quick end.

Britain has been very clear, I have been very clear, Prime Minister Cameron has been very clear, that this current cycle of violence was triggered by Hamas firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli towns and cities indiscriminately and in breach of international humanitarian law. Britain has also been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens, but we are gravely concerned by the ongoing heavy level of civilian casualties.

We want to see a ceasefire quickly agreed. We welcomed the earlier ceasefire proposal by Egypt, and we were grateful to you, Prime Minister, for your immediate agreement to it. We are disappointed that Hamas has apparently once again rejected ceasefire proposals.

I'm looking forward to discussing with you immediately after this conference how we can help to bring an end to this conflict and how we can work together to break the cycle of violence so that the Israeli people and the Palestinian people can live in peace and security. Thank you."
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Ambassador Eviatar Manor addresses the Human Rights Council

Hamas is committing war crimes when it fires rockets and missiles indiscriminately at Israeli towns and villages. In ten days, Hamas fired 2000 rockets - that's 2000 war crimes. And this Council sits in judgment of Israel?

Thank you, Mr. President.

The request to convene this Special Session, and at this particular juncture, is a return to the knee jerk reaction of this Council whenever Israel defends itself. Some members demanding this Special Session are themselves no paragons of human rights. Yet their Pavlovian instinct demands they react against Israel, in order to divert attention from their own human rights violations. So, we are back at our ritual of naming and shaming Israel.

With 2000 rockets raining on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva from above and murderous terrorists squads tunneling into our villages from below, what can life-seeking Israelis do but go out and defend themselves?

Mr. President,

Hamas began firing rockets on our towns and villages immediately after it had abducted and killed three Israeli teenagers. In the weeks that followed, Israel restrained itself. But after 300 rockets a day were indiscriminately fired at Israeli civilians, Israel had no choice but to respond.

Israel’s Government would not be doing its duty to protect its citizens had it not done so. Every country has the duty to defend itself and this principle is enshrined in international law. Any other country in the world would have done the same.

Hamas is committing war crimes when it fires rockets and missiles indiscriminately at Israeli towns and villages. Hamas is protecting its launching sites with the civilian residents of Gaza. Another war crime; Hamas has built tunnels from Gaza into Israel, using them to try to attack villages like Kerem Shalom and Sufa. Another war crime; in ten days, Hamas fired 2000 rockets - that's 2000 war crimes. Hamas has cynically concealed munitions in UNRWA schools, as UNRWA itself admitted again yesterday. A war crime; Hamas used tons of concrete provided as humanitarian aid to build a web of tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes extending into Israel to be used to abduct and murder Israelis. This, instead of building shelters for the residents of Gaza.

And this Council sits in judgment of Israel? There can be no moral symmetry between a terrorist aggressor and a democracy defending itself. Mr. President, Madam High Commissioner, in the protection of the human rights of Israelis, this Council and you, Madam, have failed dismally.

Mr. President,

Israel’s restraint was met by Hamas aggression.

Israel agreed to an Egyptian brokered cease fire to begin July 15. Hamas rejected it outright. Israel agreed to a humanitarian cease fire July 17, but Hamas shot its way through it. It rejected Egyptian efforts on the 17th when Israel sent top negotiators to Cairo with a view yet again to conclude a cease fire. Hamas is determined to maximize murder and mayhem. In these conditions, Israel had no option but to start ground operations, confronting Hamas with a strong, unambiguous response.

Israel will destroy Hamas' military infrastructure. However, the Gaza residents are not our enemies. Israel is fully committed to international law. Israeli commanders and soldiers are guided by international law in their actions. In line with the requirements of international law, IDF actions in Gaza are targeted solely against military targets. The IDF makes great efforts to minimize any incidental harm that may be caused to civilians as a result of an attack on a military target. The IDF took all available precautionary measures and has warned residents to leave prospective combat areas but Hamas urged them to ignore Israeli warnings and remain in their homes, using civilians as human shields.

Hamas bears the responsibility for the injuries sustained by Gaza residents. Israel deeply regrets any civilian losses caused by its operation, and has already started investigating itself. We do not confront the Salvation Army but a brutal terrorist organization. And lest we forget; Hamas is part of the Palestinian unity government. Mr. Abbas should dissolve this government and choose peace.

Mr. President,

This Council has lost its bearings.

This Special Session is misguided, ill-conceived and counter-productive to efforts made as we speak to end hostilities.

The Resolution in front of you is totally unbalanced, asymmetric and destructive. It pours gasoline on the fire. It rewards the terrorist aggressors and punishes the side which acts in order to protect its citizens.

This Council should stop looking for the coin under the street lamp. It can regain its moral authority by unequivocally condemning Hamas. It cannot be supportive of an organization that is no different than al-Qa'ida, ISIS, Boko-Haram, Hezbollah, and other extreme radical Islamist organizations that negate the very essence of human rights as we know them and threaten democracy, the rule of law, security and stability of a country, an entire region, and the whole world.

What this Council can do is reject outright and vote no on this absolutely one-sided Resolution.
What this Council cannot do is stop Israel from exercising its right to self-defense.

Thank you, Mr. President.
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Fallen Soldiers of Operation Protective Edge, May their memory be blessed

Throughout Israel’s history, IDF soldiers have fallen in defense of their country and families. This reality continues as the IDF operates in Gaza to defend Israel from Hamas rocket fire and the threat of terrorist infiltration by tunnels.

The following brave soldiers fell in the fight to protect Israeli civilians. May their memory be blessed.

August 1

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

Major Benaya Sarel, 26, from Kiryat Arba, commander of the Givati Reconnaissance Company, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni, 20, from Jerusalem, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

July 31

Captain (res.) Liran Adir (Edry), 31, from Ezuz, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Staff Sergeant Noam Rosenthal, 20, from Meitar, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Sergeant First Class (Res.) Daniel Marash, 22, from Rishon LeZion, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Captain Omri Tal, 22, from Rishon LeZion, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Staff Sergeant Shay Kushnir, 20, from Kiryat Motzkin, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

July 30

Staff Sergeant Guy Algranati, 20, from Tel Aviv, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Omer Hay, 21, from Savion, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, 21, from Rishon LeZion, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

July 28

Sergeant Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tzofim, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Sagi Erez,19, from Kiryat Ata, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Dor Dery, 18, from Jerusalem, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22, from Safed, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Corporal Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, from Netivot, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Corporal Niran Cohen, 20 from Tiberias, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Staff Sergeant Adi Briga, 23, from Beit Shikma, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Staff Sergeant Moshe Davino , 20, from Jerusalem , was killed in combat in the southern Gaza Strip.
JULY 26

Sergeant First Class (res.) Barak Refael Degorker, was killed by mortar fire from the Gaza Strip.

Chief Warrant Officer Rami Chalon, 39, from Hadera, an Infantry non-commissioned officer, died from his wounds after being injured on the Gaza border on Tuesday, July 22.

Captain Liad Lavi, an Infantry Corps officer, 20, from Talmei Yosef , died from his wounds after being injured in combat in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 24.

Staff Sergeant Avraham Grintzvaig, 21, from Petah Tikva, an infantry soldier, killed in combat in the northern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Gal Bason, 21, Holon., a Combat Engineering Corps soldier, was killed in combat in the northern Gaza Strip.

Second Lieutenant Roy Peles, 21, from Tel Aviv, an infantry officer, was killed in combat in the Gaza strip.

July 25

Staff Sergeant Amit Yeori, 20, from Jerusalem, fell in combat in Gaza.

Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, from Ginosar, a combat engineer from the 7th Armored Brigade, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Guy Levy, 21, from Kfar Vradim, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force from a structure.

Master Sergeant (Res.) Yair Ashkenazy, 36, from Rehovot, killed during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip.

July 22

Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, from Evron, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, from Eilat, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, from Ginegar, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Captain Dmitri Levitas, 26, from Jerusalem and Geshur, killed in combat by sniper fire in the Gaza Strip.

First Lieutenant Natan Cohen, 23, Modi'in, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Avitar Moshe Torjamin, 20, from Beit She'an, killed in a fire exchange in the southern Gaza Strip.


July 21

Master Sergeant Ohad Shemesh, killed while fighting Hamas terrorists.

Sergeant First Class Oded Ben Sira, 22, from Nir Etzion, killed by sniper fire.

Lieutenant Colonel Dolev Keidar, Commander of the Geffen Battalion, 38, from Modi'in, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Sergeant Major Bayhesain Kshaun, 39, from Netivot, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Second Lieutenant Yuval Haiman, 21, from Efrat, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Sergeant Nadav Goldmacher, 23, from Be'er Sheba, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Staff Sergeant Tal Ifrach, 21, from Rishon LeZion, killed in battle in Gaza.

Staff Sergeant Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba, killed in battle.

July 20

Sergeant Shon Mondshine, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Max Steinberg, 24, from Be'er Sheva, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Shachar Tase, 20, from Pardesiya, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Daniel Pomerantz, 20, from Kfar Azar, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sergeant Ben Itzhak Oanounou, 19, from Ashdod, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Oren Simcha Noach, 22, from Hoshaya, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, from Ashkelon, killed by direct fire.

Staff Sergeant Moshe Malko, 20, from Jerusalem, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, from Ra’anana, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sgt. Oz Mendelovich, 21, from Atzmon, killed protecting the citizens of Israel .

Sgt. Gilad Rozenthal Yacoby, 21, from Kiryat Ono, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Cpt. Tsvi Kaplan, 28, from Meirav, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Maj. Tzafrir Baror, 32, from Holon, killed protecting the citizens of Israel .

July 19

Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon, an infantry soldier, was killed in battle with terrorists,.

2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, a combat engineer, 21, from Ramat Yishai, was killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the vehicle he was operating.

Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya, was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.

Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.


July 18

First Sgt. Eitan Barak, was killed overnight fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
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Rockets fired from Lebanon at Israel

Rockets were fired from Lebanon at Israel. PM Netanyahu: "We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development. We also know that Iran is behind this arming by Hezbollah."

Residents of Israel’s north woke to rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel. The rockets landed west of Kiryat Shmona, an Israeli city near the Lebanese border. IDF forces responded with artillery fire toward the source of the launch.

At least five rockets were fired from Lebanon, with one confirmed explosion in Israel. The IDF is currently searching for evidence of others.

In response to the attack, an official complaint was filed to UNIFIL, the United Nations force charged with maintaining security in Southern Lebanon and preventing hostilities against Israel. Launching rockets from Lebanon into Israel jeapordizes thousands of civilian lives in the north. While no injuries were reported, the attack constitutes an unacceptable and blatant breach of Israel’s sovereignty.


PM Netanyahu said at the Cabinet meeting: "Today, the IDF responded quickly and forcefully to the rocket fire from Lebanon. This is our policy regarding Lebanon just as it is with the Gaza Strip. We will not allow a drizzle and we will respond strongly, and if need be, will carry out preventive action. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for firing that is carried out from within its territory. What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously. It is organizing the firing at civilians, just as it did today, and it is hiding behind civilians as human shields.

This is a double war crime that that is being perpetrated under the aegis of the Lebanese government and army, which are not lifting a finger to prevent this arming and these crimes. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development. We also know that Iran, of course, is behind this arming by Hezbollah. It is the same Iran which is continuing to assist the Syrian government in slaughtering civilians and which is continuing to arm terrorist organizations that are perpetrating acts of terrorism in many countries. It is also the same Iran that is currently developing centrifuges that are capable of enriching uranium six times faster than its regular centrifuges."

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"The Palestinians insist to say the last word, we will consider our response"

Israel, The morning after the rocket attack in the south, senior defense officials will hold evaluation of the situation and discuss possible sanctions on the fire. A security official: considering to extend the closing Kerem Shalom and respond to rocket attack.

A security official referred to this morning rocket lounch at the western Negev, saying that the Palestinians "have a tendency to always insist violent rounds seeks the last word, by shooting a rocket or mortar fire."

Although the rocket exploded in an open area, and the "Iron Dome" that was estimating the rocket route was not activated, the day will be led by evaluation of the situation by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at his office. Participate in it, Lt. - Gen. Benny Gantz, the head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other officials. They will discuss among other things the possibility of a response to rocket fire, but mainly on future measures of punishment. On the agenda - considerations of to continue the closure of Kerem Shalom.
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IDF Prepares for Rocket Attacks in Unprecedented Exercise

IDF Prepares for Rocket Attacks in Unprecedented Exercise
In a large-scale IDF exercise, soldiers prepared for the harsh aftermath of a rocket attack. The drill featured a massive disaster site, training soldiers to rescue civilians buried beneath piles of concrete.
The IDF Home Front Command held a large-scale exercise last week, simulating a rocket attack in Karnei Shomron - a community in Israel’s Judea and Samaria region. The drill was unprecedented in scope, preparing IDF forces to handle the aftermath of a severe strike.
Israel’s civilians live under the constant threat of rocket attacks. Hamas terrorists in Gaza are known to fire rockets on communities in Israel’s southern region. In addition, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon hold more than 60,000 rockets and missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel.
 
In preparation for last week’s exercise, the IDF built a massive disaster site, placing dummies beneath piles of debris to represent trapped civilians. The disaster site was designed to make the exercise highly realistic, modeling the implications of a real-life rocket attack.
According to Col. (res.) Danny Twiser, an IDF commander who oversaw the exercise, the disaster site was a major step forward in the training of IDF rescuers. “It is usually difficult for us to practice scenarios like this, because we need to create a disaster site,” explained Col. (res.) Twiser. “This time, we were able to offer the rescue battalion sites in which they could train to strengthen their skills.”
The exercise facilitated the IDF's cooperation with a range of civilian entities. “The goal was to express the military’s work inside the region and the cooperation with emergency services and local authorities,” Col. (res.) Twiser explained. Forces of the IDF, the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and the fire department all participated in the drill.
To enhance communication, the exercise tested the IDF’s new Orange Flame system. The advanced system allows for a direct line of communication between the IDF and Israel’s emergency services. “One of our outstanding achievements in the exercise was the integration of local forces in the fabric of the forces working in the Judea and Samaria region,”  Col. Twiser said. “The district was created three and a half years ago, and I see this day as a point of excellence in terms of the region’s preparedness.”
The exercise also prepared IDF forces to carry out rescue efforts in Palestinian communities. “It is a subject that sits on our doorstep and we don’t exempt ourselves from looking after Palestinian villages,” Col. (res.) Twiser emphasized. “It is impossible to enter a Palestinian village with the same ease with which we enter an Israeli community, so we developed exercises that will enable us to assist in an emergency. The drills include cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships.”
In addition to rocket attacks, the exercise prepared forces to deal with earthquakes, terrorist bombings and other types of emergencies. “We built a very high sense of preparedness. The exercise brought up a unique range of challenges, and the cooperation between civilian officials was very high,” Col. (res.) Twiser concluded. “Today, the region is highly prepared for a number of possible incidents.”
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