´Prepare for Ops You Read About in Books´ -- Paratroopers Told (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/27/12)
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"The Israeli nation is in a constant state of battle, and we may have
to undertake operations of the kind we´ve only read about in books,"
Paratroopers Brigade Commander, Col. Amir Baram, told his soldiers at
a brigade-level ceremony held last week in Haifa.
The ceremony concluded an intensive two-month training period that
included a parachuted brigade training exercise – the first of its
kind in over a decade – as well as numerous battalion exercises.
The training exercises were exceptionally challenging in intensity,
both physically and mentally. Many of the battalion exercises were on
days of Shabbat, without breaks. "We must maintain preparedness and
readiness despite the training, since when combat breaks out, it will
come as a surprise. The real challenge during wartime will be much
more difficult," Col. Baram told the IDF Website.
The warning could mean that only the IDF´s very top officers -- and
perhaps not even they -- will know in advance of a military strike.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hinted three weeks ago that an
operation against Iran is only months away.
The Brigade Commander spoke of the unfolding changes in the Arab
world. Additionally, he addressed the brigade´s preparedness for
combat as well as routine security operations. "We are determined to
defend the State of Israel – if needed, with fire and iron," assured
During the ceremony that focused on the brigade´s combat history and
heroism, exceptional soldiers were rewarded for their achievements in
the various fields. Brigade veterans were also in attendance.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/27/12)
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