IDF carries out “Chariots of Fire” drill with thousands of troops, hundreds of aircraft and navy vessels

It was a drill on a level that the IDF had never carried out before.

Thousands of troops, and hundreds of aircraft and navy vessels all trained together in going to war against Israel’s enemies, on all fronts and in all dimensions, including a strike in Iran.

Chariots of Fire brought the Israeli military to a new standard, as troops practiced responding to emergency events in multiple theaters simultaneously while under heavy rocket fire from all borders – especially from the North.

The Israeli army expects the home front to be bombarded with 1,500 rockets a day until the last day of the war. The attacks would wreck the country, with dozens of buildings and sites destroyed and hundreds killed and wounded.

IDF assessments state that while it is unlikely that Hezbollah will attack Israel in the near future, the northern border remains the most explosive, and both sides have warned that the next conflict between the two would be devastating.

Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Hezbollah operatives would also be killed or wounded in the war, and cities in south Lebanon, as well as the capital of Beirut, would be heavily bombarded by the Israeli military. The already heavily bombed Gaza Strip would also be heavily hit.

Many of Hezbollah’s capabilities and much of its infrastructure are intertwined with the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon. And though Israel refrained from striking Lebanese infrastructure during the Second Lebanon War, Israeli officials have warned repeatedly that the next war will cause unbelievable destruction to the country, as anything used by the terrorist group is a legitimate target.

Hezbollah has an estimated arsenal of 130,000-150,000 missiles and rockets, while Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in Gaza have an estimated 30,000 rockets, missiles and mortars.

With such a heavy arsenal aimed at the Israeli home front and strategic infrastructure, the military has to increase its ability to strike targets deep inside enemy territory in order to bring an end to the fighting as quickly as possible.

But the IDF hasn’t conducted a full and proper ground maneuver in enemy territory since troops entered Gaza in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge; and with many troops and officers never having experienced combat, the IDF has to train its forces for just that – aggressive maneuvering behind enemy lines.Read more