IDF battles jihadi infiltrators in surprise drill

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces held a comprehensive drill on Sunday to prepare for a scenario in which global jihadis enter Israel and take hostages in multiple locations.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (center) with IDF officers during the IDF's surprise counter-terrorism drill on Sunday . Credit: IDF Spokesperson.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (center) with IDF officers during the IDF's surprise counter-terrorism drill on Sunday . Credit: IDF Spokesperson.

The drill simulated a situation in which terrorists from Syria or Sinai infiltrate Israel and hold civilians captive in various venues, including hospitals, a hotel and a remote village. IDF troops were sent mock emergency call-up notices. The goal was to replicate a real-life situation and take into account all the logistical and operational pitfalls of such an event.

Most of the participating IDF troops were not informed of the drill ahead of time. The military’s chain of command, from Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on down, was part of the drill.

“The overall impression from the drill was good, although there are many details that need to be sorted out,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement Sunday. 

Posted on June 24, 2013 .