Netanyahu claims: The IDF has ‘immense destructive power،’ don’t test us
Wednesday 19/June/2019 - 01:03 PM
The Times of Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned the country’s enemies to “not test” Israel amid concerns that escalating tensions between the United States and Iran could result in an attack on the Jewish state.
The prime minister made his remarks during a visit to a large-scale Israel Defense Forces exercise in northern Israel.
“I hear our neighbors to the north، south and east threatening to destroy us. I say to our enemies: The IDF has an immense destructive power. Do not test us،” Netanyahu said following his visit.
On Sunday، the military launched the five-day، division-level drill، which included ground troops، fighter jets، helicopters and a variety of military vehicles، the army said.
The drill was held throughout the north of the country، simulating large-scale warfare. The military said the exercise was part of its annual training calendar.
On Wednesday، Netanyahu met with the soldiers and commanding officers taking part in the exercise.
“I am greatly impressed by the improvements to our preparedness، from the spirit of the soldiers and commanders and primarily from the IDF’s destructive force،” the prime minister، who is also the defense minister، said.
In addition to the exercise in the north، the Israeli Air Force is holding its own large-scale exercise simulating combat on multiple fronts، the army said Tuesday، with the air force’s F-35s taking part for the first time.
The drill، which also began Sunday and ends Wednesday، involves fighter jets، helicopters، cargo planes، drones، air defense units and ground support forces. It simulates simultaneous fighting in the Gaza Strip، Syria and Lebanon.
It includes scenarios involving an enemy armed with advanced technology، such as the Russian S-300 and S-400 missile defense systems، a home front under massive missile attacks، and challenges such as damaged runways and disabled IAF communications centers.
The drill is primarily focused on the northern arena، with threats posed by the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon and Iranian forces in Syria.