PM Touts Peace; IDF Prepares for War

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli Prime Minister speaks of peace negotiations with Syria and "real progress" with the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is preparing for war.

On Wednesday, the IDF wrapped up a second large-scale military drill, which was not open to media coverage.

"Publication may have caused mistaken interpretations in certain circles, and we wanted to prevent that," a senior IDF officer explained after the drill was completed.

Dubbed 'Av'nay Esh' (Stones of Fire), the drill provided commanders and higher-ranking officers with wartime scenarios to hone their decision-making skills in the field and help them with presenting the information to politicians.

It was the second largest military drill since the end of the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Under the command of Chief of General Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi, the IDF has focused on applying the lessons learned from the war with Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists.

"This is the purpose of such drills," one IDF officer said. This was not an all-inclusive drill, but rather one for senior officers," he said.

"We already knew that the IDF has been blessed with incredible officers and combat soldiers, and we need to make sure that they receive orders in the clearest and most efficient ways in the event of a war," he said.

With Iranian-funded and trained Hezbollah in the north and a similar scenario with Hamas in Gaza, the IDF is preparing for all eventualities.

Source: YNet news

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