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IDF Drill Simulates War with Hezbollah

In this picture distributed by the IDF, Israeli soldiers from the Golani infantry brigade take part in a training exercise November 17, 2005 in the Golan Heights. Israel captured the strategic volcanic plateau from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and Syria demands its return as part of a …
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The Times of Israel reports: The military has field-tested a new fighting method combining infantry, tanks and combat engineering into one unified force, as part of a major military reform meant to streamline the Israel Defense Forces, the army said Sunday.

The method was tested during a drill simulating war in the north against the Hezbollah terrorist group, during which the military also tried out new technologies, including an anti-mortar laser and more accurate artillery.

The restructured unit type was dubbed Tzakach Gideon, a Hebrew acronym that stands for Gideon brigade combat team, named after the Israel Defense Force’s multi-year Gideon Plan, a streamlining effort that the army began rolling out in 2016.

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