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(photo credit: IDF)
Amid predictions that Israel will come under massive missile fire in a future
war, the IDF’s 162nd Division held a first-of-a-kind exercise on Tuesday aimed
at ensuring that the draft of reservists will not be disrupted by
The drill was held at division headquarters and at its various
emergency storage centers throughout the country that hold equipment for reserve
“In the past we fought wars that did not involve the home front.
We understand that the next war will be different and that during the draft we
will come under fire – in the cities and in the induction centers as well,”
explained Brig.-Gen. Agay Yehezkel, commander of the division.
One of the
IDF’s superior mobilized divisions, 162 is the home of the Nahal Infantry
Brigade and the 401st Armored Brigade, as well as a number of reserve units. It
operates under the Central Command, but at times of war has the ability to move
to different fronts as required.
The drill on Tuesday simulated a
scenario involving missile attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip in the
South and Lebanon and Syria in the North.
The drill was the first stage
ahead of a larger exercise that Yehezkel will oversee in the future when he
drafts several thousand reservists to test their ability to arrive at the
storage centers, receive their equipment and rendezvous with their
The IDF predicts that in a future war, Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria
will have the ability to fire close to 10,000 rockets and missiles into the
As a result, the military has been reinforcing bases where it
stores equipment for reservists to enable what the IDF calls “operational
continuity” – the ability to continue operating despite the ongoing missile
“We are digging trenches and adding layers of protection but are
also preparing the soldiers’ state of mind.
We are explaining to them
that even though it will be different next time, they will still need to come
and know what to do,” Yehezkel said.