(JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Division launched a three-day military maneuver on Sunday during which troops simulated a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip. Defense officials stressed that the exercise, held in Ashkelon and the area to its east, was a routine drill.
A goal of the exercise was to explore commanders’ decision-making process and troops’ implementation of orders on the ground.
“The IDF possesses different abilities today, in terms of intelligence, precision fire and maneuverability,” a senior IDF officer said, Israel Hayom reported. “We are not frozen in our tracks, but neither is the other side. We have different abilities than we did during Operation Cast Lead (2008), including different command and control abilities.”