Orna Barbivai 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
New immigrants from more than 50 countries will be drafted into the IDF over the
coming weeks, OC Manpower Directorate Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai said Sunday on the
first day of the summer draft.
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the
Tel Hashomer Induction Center as recruits arrived to be drafted into the Golani
Brigade, which is the most popular of the five infantry brigades among new
Barbivai told Barak that 73.3 percent of youth asked to serve
in combat units, the same proportion as last year.
The highlight of the
new draft is the increase in the number of soldiers being inducted into the
Israel Air Force’s Air Defense Division to fill slots required to operate the
growing number of Iron Dome batteries being deployed throughout the country to
defend against short-range rockets such as the Kassams and Katyushas that make
up the backbone of Hamas’s arsenal in the Gaza Strip.
The IAF plans to
receive its third battery by the end of the year, and in the meantime is
continuing to move its two existing batteries throughout the country as it
selects locations near various cities and strategic facilities such as IDF bases
and critical infrastructure where it can be deployed in a future
The Air Defense Division will grow by another battalion in 2012
ahead of the deployment of the David’s Sling, which will serve as the
missile-defense system for the mid-tier missiles threatening Israel.