Kfir Brigade soldiers 370.
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
A battalion from the IDF’s Kfir infantry brigade has departed the West Bank to
take up new positions along the Lebanese border shortly.
The move is part
of a planned reshuffle of infantry forces, and points to the IDF’s growing
reliance on a brigade that was originally set up to operate only in the West
The Shimshon Battalion – which until now had been tasked with
anti-rioting and counter-terrorism missions in the Hebron area – will be taking
on a very different mission in the North, where soldiers will be required to
direct tanks, artillery units, and combat helicopters, its commander
“The northern border is very different from Hebron, and we are
preparing ourselves [operationally] and mentally,” Brig.-Gen. Dotan Rubner
He said that “The situation will be very different from what we’ve
been used to in the West Bank, where we could see the threat or enemy at any
given time with our eyes, and this is what kept us sharp. Every night we carried
out an arrest, and every day we embarked on an activity.” In the North, Rubner
continued, the enemy will be less visible.
Freshly appointed commanders
in the battalion have been receiving special training to ease their transition
to the northern border, Rubner added.
“Our preparation [in the new front]
began with patrols, training, and courses that are relevant to the North,” he
“I am completing our operations in Hebron with much satisfaction,”
The Kfir infantry brigade has made the majority of the
army’s West Bank security arrests in recent years. But it is now expanding its
area of activities to northern and southern fronts, including the Gaza border,
the border with Egypt’s Sinai, the Golan Heights (where a battalion was sent
during Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012), and now, the Lebanese
Meanwhile, the IDF reported two instances of cross-border
gunshots fired from Syria into the Israeli side of the Golan Heights overnight
on Monday. There were no injuries in either incident The IDF believes the shots
were not directed at Israel, and were fired during nearby battles between Syrian
rebels and forces loyal to the Assad regime.