As the Jewish state is surrounded on all sides by enemies that seek to do her harm in many different ways, the Israeli military is constantly preparing new ways of defending the Israeli people. Arutz Sheva's Michael Oria tells us about a recent nighttime exercise by hundreds of paratroopers of the IDF's 101st Battalion who displayed the importance of the element of surprise:
More than six decades have passed since their last operational drop, but the Paratroopers are not resting on their laurels, and are maintaining their airworthiness at any given time.
Over the past few weeks, the “Red Brigade” has been in the midst of a long and challenging training session, during which the fighters practice the whole range of scenarios they might encounter in battle.
As part of the training, the 101st Battalion, which carried out one of the only two operational parachute jumps in the history of the IDF, will engage in a particularly challenging exercise in which hundreds of fighters will fall into the battlefield, where the parachutists will be required recover quickly from landing and attack enemy positions...
"In the future, the ability to jump into enemy territory during battle is a significant expansion in the arsenal available to our fighters and the entire army during a campaign," adds Lt. Col. Weiss, "In addition, in recent years, our equipment, technology and combat doctrine have been renewed and upgraded. It is not possible to expand too much on the capabilities we have added, but you can be sure that the drop will be more secretive, more powerful and effective if it is required to be performed in real time..."
"A paratrooper needs to be prepared to fight in 360 degrees - whether he reaches the enemy from the ground or whether he lands from the sky. The parachuting experience requires courage, coolness and a high level of professionalism - and these qualities enable us to fight and defeat the enemy in a face-to-face encounter." he said. Lt. Col. Weiss emphasizes that the same character traits he demands from a soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade have indeed been expressed during the last few weeks, during which the forces have been deployed several times along the Gaza Strip due to the intensity in the area: "In the transition between the routine of training to the state of alertness we were required to have, I encountered anew the very high ability of the fighters, who knew how to translate the mental challenges they faced in training, directly into the operational arena to which we were called."
"In the end, we train and practice our abilities for these moments," he concludes. "The entire IDF, and the Paratroopers Brigade in particular, must be at the peak of preparedness for fighting at any time. It is only thanks to this that we will be able to arrive as quickly as possible to any region, to be vigilant and be prepared for any order - even if we are required to arrive from the sky."