Sunday, July 28, 2013

1,000 paratroopers simulate operation behind enemy lines

The IDF’s Paratroop Brigade held a nighttime parachuting exercise in the South on Wednesday involving 1,000 soldiers jumping out of Hercules transport planes. - Jerusalem Post

Speaking to the soldiers before the exercise, Col. Eliezer Toledano, the brigade’s commander, said, “Many eyes are watching us in this drill: The eyes of the Israeli people, which must know that when Israel decides to, it can send 1,000 combat soldiers deep into enemy territory at a moment’s notice. The eyes of IDF senior command, which knows it needs only mark the spot, and we’ll already be there. And the eyes of our enemies, who will know that any moment, more than 1,000 paratroopers keen for battle could spit fire in their home front.”