IDF paratroopers drill 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman’s Office)
The IDF’s Paratroop Brigade held a nighttime parachuting exercise in the South
on Wednesday involving 1,000 soldiers jumping out of Hercules transport
The aim of the exercise was to practice getting paratroopers
behind enemy lines in large numbers. After they landed, the soldiers gathered at
staging areas and formed attack units, before going on to storm
Each battalion was ordered to organize itself on the ground
within an hour to two hours. The forces then set out on a mock infantry
“The enemies around us are gathering near our borders,” a
senior army spokesman said.
“Through parachuting, we can cross borders
and gain a huge advantage. The ability to bring 1,000 combat soldiers to a
staging area [behind enemy lines] is unique to parachuting and cannot be
replicated in any other way,” the source added.
"We can’t know if we’ll
make use of this ability, but we can’t envisage the army without it,” he
Speaking to the soldiers before the exercise, Col. Eliezer
Toledano, the brigade’s commander, said, “Many eyes are watching us in this
drill: The eyes of the Israeli people, which must know that when Israel decides
to, it can send 1,000 combat soldiers deep into enemy territory at a moment’s
notice. The eyes of IDF senior command, which knows it needs only mark the spot,
and we’ll already be there. And the eyes of our enemies, who will know that any
moment, more than 1,000 paratroopers keen for battle could spit fire in their