Amid unrest, IDF postpones its largest drill in decades

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israeli military announces it is postponing a massive exercise that began this week, in light of the current unrest in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The drill, known as “Chariots of Fire,” was meant to be the military’s largest exercise in decades, involving effectively all units of the IDF.

“Following a situational assessment, Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi decided to postpone the ‘Chariots of Fire’ exercise for at least the next day and ordered the IDF to focus its efforts on preparation and readiness for the possible scenarios of escalating [violence],” the military says.

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