On Monday, the Israeli Defence Forces announced their biggest war drill yet, titled the “Chariots of Fire”.
According to the military, the month-long exercise will prepare forces for intense multi-arena combat in the air, at sea, on land, and in the cyber arena- all in order to protect civilians from the ensuing terror attacks by Palestinian attackers.
“Chariots of Fire” will include regular and reserve IDF personnel from all commands, branches, and directorates, according to the statement. IDF combat units, headquarters, and professional arrays will all participate.
“The IDF’s top priority is to protect Israeli civilians and strengthen the sense of security within the State of Israel. Throughout the exercise, IDF soldiers will continue to carry out counter-terrorism activities and strengthen defensive efforts at the Judea and Samaria security barrier,” it said. It described the operation as one that “aims to both increase the IDF’s defensive readiness and examine its preparedness for an intensive and prolonged campaign.”
“The exercise will train the IDF’s response to challenges from developing events across various arenas, as well as emergency scenarios in both military and civilian spaces. In addition, operational activities will be trained in various scenarios and will test assistance efforts and life-saving capabilities on Israel’s Home Front,” said the IDF. “During the exercise, and continuing throughout the month, large-scale movement of security forces including military and armored vehicles, aircraft and vessels will be seen.”