Surrounded on all sides by those who would wish to do her harm, Israel must stay prepared. Yediot Achronot's Yoav Zitun reports on an exercise undertaken this week by the Israeli Navy, which included preparing for rocket fire and a terrorist kidnapping:
A large amount of naval forces participated, including patrol squadrons, missile boats and Shayetet 13 (Israeli naval commandos), who were responsible for the rescue of the hostages, some of whom were wounded by the terrorists.
"There is an increase of these threats in the past year, " a senior naval officer explained. "It is possible to detect this from recent events in Sinai as well as the downing of the Russian aircraft. That is why our response has to be quick. We are also in coordination with the police and emergency services in Eilat. There are ISIS elements that are based in that area."
The Israeli Navy conducts exercises of this kind once or twice a year, each time in a different maritime area, such as near Lebanon or Gaza, and does training on what to do in the event of terrorist infiltrations. In this current exercise the IDF warned the Jordanians and Egyptians (with whom Israel has cooperation), but the exercise took place entirely inside Israeli waters.