update desk

IDF inaugurates new co-ed battalion for Judea and Samaria security barrier missions

The 49th “Panther” Battalion will free up reserve units who have been on lengthy operational duties in the seam line security barrier area.

Soldiers in the IDF's new 49th "Panther" Battalion, Dec. 1, 2022. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.
Soldiers in the IDF's new 49th "Panther" Battalion, Dec. 1, 2022. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday unveiled a new co-ed infantry battalion, the 49th “Panther” Battalion, which has joined the Ground Forces’ Border Protection Corps.

According to the IDF Spokesperson Unit, the new battalion was formed as a result of lessons learned from “Operation Break the Wave,” launched on March 31 in Judea and Samaria following a spate of deadly terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The operation raised the need for a battalion to routinely deploy in the area of the Judea and Samaria security barrier, to relieve reserve units dispatched to that area for lengthy operational actions, the military said.

The Israeli Ground Forces will lead the battalion’s training, which will last for about six months. The physical competency of the battalion’s troops will be the same as that of soldiers belonging to territorial defense battalions, but it will also include additional, distinctive abilities required for the battalion’s specific region of operation, the IDF stressed.

The first of the troops who will comprise the new battalion joined the IDF today. The soldiers will begin their operational activities in the Judea and Samaria security barrier next year after finishing their training.

Commenting on the development, the commanding officer of the Border Protection Corps in the IDF Ground Forces, Brig. Gen. Amit Yamin, said, “The establishment of this battalion symbolizes the IDF’s ability to quickly and efficiently adjust itself to the ever-changing operational requirements. We invested great efforts in the planning of this battalion in order to ensure that the soldiers joining it will serve a meaningful service and contribute to the IDF’s operational purpose.”

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates