IDF raises ‘Gates of Fire’ battalion to protect North from Hezbollah 

Source: IDF raises ‘Gates of Fire’ battalion to protect North from Hezbollah – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

The battalion held a training program during the past month in which it practiced a wide range of scenarios it may encounter during a war.

BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
 JANUARY 1, 2019 10:23
Israeli soldiers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a press conference Israel’s efforts exposing the tunnels in the North has destroyed Hezbollah’s surprise plan for the next war. However, the IDF is already preparing for the next confrontation with the Shiite organization and is not merely satisfying itself with defensive tactics.

According to the report on the IDF website, the battalion, which was named “Gates of Fire” and given the number 9300, held a training program during the past month in which it practiced a wide range of scenarios it may encounter during a war.

“The establishment of the battalion “Baram” constitutes an important milestone in the defense of the northern border of the state of Israel, and another significant step for us to ensure that “good will overcome evil,'” Col. Roy Levy, commander of the Baram brigade, said on the IDF’s website.

According to Levy, the battalion was established to meet two main goals.

“The first is defensive – we’re engaged in a ‘war with time.’ In recent years, Hezbollah has intensified its battles in Syria, has acquired more sophisticated weapons, and has openly said that it plans to invade our territory,” Levy elaborated. “We have to be prepared for the time it will choose to attack and be prepared to defend ourselves and attack them in return.”

“We are  facing an enemy that intends to attack  settlements and outposts,” Levy added. “The soldiers will have to act quickly, drive them out from Israeli territory and prepare for the second mission – attacking key areas and severely damaging Hizbullah’s first line of defense in Lebanon.”

This report was translated from Maariv Online.

 

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