IDF holds massive exercise simulating conquering of West Bank town

In the biggest IDF drill regarding the West Bank area since 1999 and only six days before the top of the Israeli government is scheduled to arrive in Annapolis, OC Central Command infantry forces drilled conquering a West Bank city, Channel 2 reported Wednesday. The exercise was meant as preparation for the eventuality that Hamas might take over a major West Bank town at some point following the Annapolis conference. According to the drill's scenario, conquering a West Bank town and returning it to Israeli control would cost dozens of Israeli casualties and hundreds of Palestinian casualties.