IDF continues expansion down south with new training base

Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi: "The IDF is committed to the vision of strengthening the south and will continue to act toward it."

 The new training base in Ramot neighborhood in Be'er Sheva. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The new training base in Ramot neighborhood in Be'er Sheva.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The IDF last week opened a new training base in the Ramot neighborhood of Beersheba.

The new base will be dedicated to intelligence and cyber training. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Intelligence Division head Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva and Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich took part in the opening ceremony.

The new base is expected to train more than 1,000 pre-military course participants, making up the vast majority of Intelligence Corps trainees.

The IDF moves to Israel's South

This move is part of a larger IDF shift to the South, a move the state hopes will strengthen the region.

“The soldiers who will be trained here will be the same soldiers that will continue to fill other roles in the Intelligence Division. They, the people who create the IDF’s accurate intelligence that leads the IDF, [generate] the same intelligence on which we have attacked dozens of accurate targets in Operation Breaking Dawn.”

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi

Kohavi said, “The soldiers who will be trained here will be the same soldiers that will continue to fill other roles in the Intelligence Division. They, the people who create the IDF’s accurate intelligence that leads the IDF, [generate] the same intelligence on which we have attacked dozens of accurate targets in Operation Breaking Dawn.”

 IDF Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, Head of the Intelligence Division Major general Aharon Haliva and the mayor of Be'er Sheva Ruvik Danilovich cutting the ribbon in the inauguration of the new training base in Ramot neighberhood in Be'er Sheva. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON UNIT) IDF Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, Head of the Intelligence Division Major general Aharon Haliva and the mayor of Be'er Sheva Ruvik Danilovich cutting the ribbon in the inauguration of the new training base in Ramot neighberhood in Be'er Sheva. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON UNIT)

He added, “People of the South, you have won, with this move you are receiving human capital that will affect the entire region. Alongside the training and the teaching, we will conduct and lead social activities that will promote education. Doing so will fulfill the IDF’s mission.”

Beersheba Mayor Rovik Danilovich said, “The State of Israel has spoken for years about moving the IDF to the South as a pedestal to generate social, economic, scientific, technological and educational change. Today we are fulfilling this vision. When speaking of the new Israeli dream, here in the Negev, this is the new Israeli dream that creates the real change.”