Israeli Soldiers Train Continually for War

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Depending on the day or crisis, the potential for war in the Middle East is just around the corner, which means the Israeli army must always be ready.

"We always train for war. We don't know when it will come, where it will come from, but we always train for war, we're always ready for war - hoping that it will not come," Lt. Daniel, who asked not to include his full name, told CBN News.

One of the training sites is a mockup of a Syrian village, but it could be Iran, Lebanon, or any other area that could potentially threaten the Jewish state.

"Today we saw taking over a village using infantry and tanks with other forces covering, covering the fire," Capt. Omri Gal said.

The live ammunition drill brought Israeli soldiers from artillery, infantry, and tank units together to show cadets how it's done.

"We saw the infantry taking house by house, eliminating the threat and the tanks moving with them with the synchronization and the combination between those two forces," Gal said.

Camouflaged snipers hidden on the hill can hit targets a half mile away.

"We know that urban warfare is going to take a much bigger place in the modern warfare than it has before so we train a lot, as you can see, [in] the village here," Daniel said.

And the situation is always changing.

"We keep updating all the time. A couple of years ago, for example, we fought less on the urban terrains and now we do it more. The technology has definitely changed," Daniel said. "You can feel a difference. You can feel it in the air."

*Originally published February 24, 2012. 

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