IDF launches major drill focused on preparing for multi-front war

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Troops of the IDF's 99th division during a drill in northern Israel, December 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces, file)
Troops of the IDF's 99th division during a drill in northern Israel, December 1, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces, file)

The Israel Defense Forces launches a major two-week long drill focused on a multi-front war.

A military source says the drill will include the Air Force conducting simulated “strategic” strikes deep in enemy territory, and the Navy carrying out mock offensive and defensive actions.

The IDF says thousands of troops from the standing and reserve army will participate in the exercise over the next two weeks.

“The forces will practice handling challenges and sudden events on multiple fronts simultaneously,” the IDF says.

The IDF says the drill will also include rescue activities on the home front.

According to the military, the drill is pre-planned, meaning it did not stem from any recent security assessments.

There will be a noted increase of security forces and aircraft across the country during the drill, the IDF adds.

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